Toxoplasmosis (tok-so-plaz-MOE-sis) is a disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world’s most common parasites.
Infection usually occurs by eating undercooked contaminated meat, exposure from infected cat feces, or mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy.
Is cat poop harmful to humans?
That cat poop can pose a health risk to humans no longer surprises us. Some cats carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. These oocysts are easily transmitted to humans, and researchers have explored their possible link to various mental health problems, including schizophrenia.
What are the signs of toxoplasmosis in humans?
What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis?
- body aches.
- swollen lymph nodes (glands in your neck).
Can cat feces cause cancer?
ScienceShot: Cats Don’t Cause Cancer. Last year, cat owners got a scare when a team of French researchers reported a possible link between felines and brain cancer. Cat feces can harbor a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, and the scientists found that nations with higher rates of human T.
Can you get sick from cat litter?
Toxoplasmosis can be deadly or cause serious birth defects for a fetus if the mother becomes infected. This is why doctors recommend against pregnant woman scooping or cleaning cat litter boxes. Most people who have toxoplasmosis never have any symptoms at all.