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Toxoplasmosis in Children

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Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite, and it's usually acquired by the parasite getting into the body by the mouth (for instance, by eating undercooked meat). If the parasite infects a pregnant woman, it can also infect a woman's fetus.

You can reduce your risk of toxoplasmosis by avoiding all potential sources of the infection, including:

  • consumption of undercooked meat
  • consumption of raw eggs
  • exposure to cat feces and cat litter
  • insects (like flies) that have been in contact with cat feces

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