Toxoplasmosis – definition and meaning

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What is Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a disease produced by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which is one of the most common that we can find. It only causes mild infections in anyone, and it can cause flu-like symptoms, but it goes completely unnoticed. However, it can have consequences in people with weak immune systems, newborns and pregnant women. In the case of the pregnant woman, it can cause serious harm to the fetus. It is generally transmitted from animals (especially cats and felines) to humans, by coming into contact with their feces, as well as by eating raw, undercooked or infected meat . If a woman is infected during the first weeks of pregnancy, toxoplasmosis can cause a miscarriage. If it occurs in later stages, especially during the third trimester, it spreads to the baby, who may be stillborn or with birth defects. Sometimes the baby is born without apparent signs of toxoplasmosis and develop problems throughout its development, such as hearing loss. For this, in pregnant women a very great precaution is required, and that is why they are not recommended to take undercooked meats or even Serrano ham .