What is toxoplasmosis?

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

How we care for toxoplasmosis

Through the joint work of researchers, genetic specialists, surgeons, and other care providers, Boston Children's Hospital's Maternal Fetal Care Center is breaking new ground in diagnosing and treating fetal health problems.