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Is Toxoplasmosis Contagious?

Transmission of Toxoplasmosis from Person to Person

Toxoplasmosis is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Toxoplasmosis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Toxoplasmosis, can be transmitted:

  • from the mother to her fetus.

Transmission of Toxoplasmosis

Transmission of Toxoplasmosis to a person can be by way of:

  • food borne pathogens.

Contagion summary:

Usually caught from cat exposure; rare mother-to-fetus transmission of congenital toxoplasmosis; rarely from other animals or their meat.

Contagiousness properties for Toxoplasmosis:

  Contagious from food?: Yes, rarely from animal meat.

  Contagious from mother to fetus (transplacental)?: Yes, rarely.

  Contagious from animals?: Yes

  Contagious from cats?: Yes

Discussion about Contagion of Toxoplasmosis:

How can I get toxoplasmosis? (Source: excerpt from Toxoplasmosis: DPD)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Toxoplasmosis is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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