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Toxoplasmosis in Pregnant Women
Toxoplasma is a harmful parasite that can cause an illness called toxoplasmosis.

Experts estimate that about half of toxoplasmosis infections are caused by eating raw or undercooked infected meat, but you can also get the parasite by:
  • eating unwashed contaminated produce
  • drinking contaminated water
  • handling contaminated soil, cat litter, or meat and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy, even if the mother does not exhibit any symptoms. Get more information on Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html

Other ways to prevent risk include:
  • Have someone else change the litter box.
  • Wear gloves when gardening.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables and then wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Avoid getting new cats during pregnancy.
  • Cook meats to proper temperature.
More information on prevention can be found at:
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