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Diseases » Toxoplasmosis » Summary
 

What is Toxoplasmosis?

What is Toxoplasmosis?

  • Toxoplasmosis: Infection often caught from cats and their feces.
  • Toxoplasmosis: A genus of protozoa parasitic to birds and mammals. T. gondii is one of the most common infectious pathogenic animal parasites of man.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Toxoplasmosis: infection caused by parasites transmitted to humans from infected cats; if contracted by a pregnant woman it can result in serious damage to the fetus.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Toxoplasmosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Toxoplasmosis, or a subtype of Toxoplasmosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Toxoplasmosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Toxoplasmosis: Introduction

Types of Toxoplasmosis:

Types of Toxoplasmosis:

Broader types of Toxoplasmosis:

How many people get Toxoplasmosis?

Prevalance of Toxoplasmosis: More than 60 million in USA but few have symptoms (DPD)
Prevalance Rate of Toxoplasmosis: approx 1 in 4 or 22.06% or 60 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Toxoplasmosis: less than 60 million; most do not have symptoms (DPD)
Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Toxoplasmosis: approx 1 in 4 or 22.06% or 60 million people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk of Toxoplasmosis: Up to 80% of urban people show exposure to toxoplasmosis; most have become naturally immune.
Prevalance of Toxoplasmosis: More than 60 million people in the United States probably are infected with the Toxoplasma parasite, but very few have symptoms because the immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness. (Source: excerpt from Toxoplasmosis: DPD)

How serious is Toxoplasmosis?

Complications of Toxoplasmosis: see complications of Toxoplasmosis
Prognosis of Toxoplasmosis: Because Toxoplasma infections usually cause no symptoms or only mild symptoms, and your immune system keeps any remaining parasites in your body from causing further symptoms, most people donít need to worry about getting it. (Source: excerpt from Toxoplasmosis: DPD)

What causes Toxoplasmosis?

Causes of Toxoplasmosis: see causes of Toxoplasmosis
Cause of Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasma gondii protozoa often found in cat feces, raw meat, or exposed areas.
Risk factors for Toxoplasmosis: see risk factors for Toxoplasmosis

What are the symptoms of Toxoplasmosis?

Symptoms of Toxoplasmosis: see symptoms of Toxoplasmosis

Complications of Toxoplasmosis: see complications of Toxoplasmosis

Can anyone else get Toxoplasmosis?

Contagion of Toxoplasmosis: Usually caught from cat exposure; rare mother-to-fetus transmission of congenital toxoplasmosis; rarely from other animals or their meat.
More information: see contagiousness of Toxoplasmosis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Toxoplasmosis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Toxoplasmosis.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Toxoplasmosis: see treatments for Toxoplasmosis
Prevention of Toxoplasmosis: see prevention of Toxoplasmosis
Research for Toxoplasmosis: see research for Toxoplasmosis

Society issues for Toxoplasmosis


Hospitalization statistics for Toxoplasmosis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Toxoplasmosis:

  • 0.0006% (79) of hospital consultant episodes were for toxoplasmosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43% of hospital consultant episodes for toxoplasmosis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital consultant episodes for toxoplasmosis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Name and Aliases of Toxoplasmosis

Main name of condition: Toxoplasmosis

Class of Condition for Toxoplasmosis: parasite protozoa

Other names or spellings for Toxoplasmosis:

Toxoplasma, Toxoplasma gondii

Toxoplasma Source - Diseases Database

Infection caused by a parasite Toxoplasma gondii
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Toxoplasmosis: Related Conditions

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