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  • Adults can become infected after by eating raw or undercooked meat infected with Toxoplasma gondii tissue cysts.
  • People can only become infected with Toxoplasma gondii parasites through contact with infected animal faeces (usually cat faeces).
  • A healthy person does not usually require treatment for toxoplasmosis, as symptoms are mild and usually disappear within a few weeks.
  • Pregnant women and people who have compromised immune systems should take precautions against toxoplasmosis.
  • A pregnant woman is advised to avoid contact with cats, as her unborn child is at increased risk of birth defects if parasites cross the placenta.

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Reviewed on: 12-05-2023