Prevention of Toxoplasmosis
Prevention of Toxoplasmosis:
Methods of prevention of Toxoplasmosis mentioned in various sources
includes those listed below.
This prevention information is gathered from various sources,
and may be inaccurate or incomplete.
None of these methods guarantee prevention of Toxoplasmosis.
- Avoid cats
- Avoid cat feces
- Avoid soil or garden areas possibly contaminated by cat feces
- Avoid children's sandpits
- Test to determine immunity to toxoplasmosis
- Wash hands after cat exposure
- Wash hands after cleaning cat litter
- Get someone else to clean cat litter if you are pregnant
- Cook meat thorougly - rare cases are caught from (non-cat) raw meat.
Unlabeled Medications to Prevent Toxoplasmosis:
Some of the unlabeled medications in the possible prevention of Toxoplasmosis may include:
Clinical Trials for Toxoplasmosis
Some of the clinical trials for Toxoplasmosis include:
Treatments for Toxoplasmosis
Treatments to consider for Toxoplasmosis may include:
Prevention of Toxoplasmosis:
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.
However, if you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, there are
several steps you should take to prevent toxoplasmosis.
have a weakened immune system, get the blood test for Toxoplasma.
If your test is positive, your doctor can tell you if and when you
need to take medicine to prevent the infection from reactivating. If
your test is negative, you can take precautions to avoid infection.
are planning on becoming pregnant, you may consider being tested for Toxoplasma.
If the test is positive there is no need to worry about passing the
infection to your baby. If the test is negative, take necessary
precautions to avoid infection.
are already pregnant, you and your health care provider should discuss
your risk of toxoplasmosis. Your health care provider may order a
blood sample for testing.
gloves when you garden or do anything outdoors that involves handling
soil. Cats, who may pass the parasite in their feces, often use
gardens and sandboxes as litter boxes. Wash your hands well with soap
and warm water after outdoor activities, especially before you eat or
prepare any food.
someone who is healthy and not pregnant handle raw meat for you. If
this is not possible, wear clean latex gloves when you touch raw meat
and wash any cutting boards, sinks, knives, and other utensils that
might have touched the raw meat. Wash your hands well with soap and
warm water afterwards.
all meat thoroughly, that is, until it is no longer pink in the center
or until the juices run clear. Donít sample meat before it is fully
Am I able to keep
if you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant there are some steps
to take to avoid being exposed to Toxoplasma.
prevent your cat from getting infected with Toxoplasma. Keep
cats indoors and feed them dry or canned cat food. Cats can become
infected by eating or being fed raw or undercooked meat.
bring a new cat into your house that might have been an outdoor cat or
might have been fed raw meat. Avoid handling stray cats and kittens.
Your vet can answer any other questions you may have regarding your
cat and risk for toxoplasmosis.
someone who is healthy and not pregnant change your catís litter
box. If this is not possible, wear gloves and clean the litter box
daily (the parasite found in cat feces can only infect you a few days
after being passed). Wash your hands well with soap and warm water
Once infected with
Toxoplasma is my cat always able to spread the infection to me?
can only spread Toxoplasma in their feces for a few weeks after
they are first infected with the parasite. Like humans, cats rarely have
symptoms when first infected, so most people donít know if their cat has
been exposed to Toxoplasma. There are no good tests available to
determine if your cat is passing Toxoplasma in its feces. (Source: excerpt from Toxoplasmosis: DPD)
Prevention Claims: Toxoplasmosis
Information on prevention of Toxoplasmosis comes from many sources.
There are some sources that claim preventive benefits
for many different diseases for various products.
We may present such information
in the hope that it may be useful,
however, in some cases claims of Toxoplasmosis prevention may be
dubious, invalid, or not recognized in mainstream medicine.
Please discuss any treatment, discontinuation of treatment,
or change of treatment plans with your doctor
or professional medical specialist.