Typical Toxoplasmosis Symptoms, is a flu-like symptoms, including swelling of the lymph nodes, and muscle aches, and pains that last from several days to several weeks. If your immune system is normal, you can not get the infection again.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a single-celled parasite, called Toxoplasma gondii. The most common infection acquired from contact with cats and their feces, or meat raw or undercooked.
The centers of disease control and prevention of America (CDC) estimates that more than 60 million people in the United States may carry the parasite Toxoplasma, but only very few have symptoms because a healthy immune system usually keep the parasites from causing disease .
The following situations potentially expose a person on toxoplasma parasite and increase the risk of getting toxoplasmosis:
- To touch your hands in your mouth after gardening, cleaning a cat's bowel movements, or anything in contact with cat feces
- Eat the meat raw or undercooked meat, especially pork, lamb, or venison
- To touch your hands in your mouth after contact with raw or undercooked meat
- Organ transplantation or transfusion (this is rare)
When a pregnant woman is infected with toxoplasmosis, an infection can be transmitted from him to the baby, with sometimes disastrous consequences.