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Toxoplasmosis and risks to pregnant women Owner Factsheet

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease which can affect cats and all other warm blooded animals, including humans. In both cats and humans its effects are usually mild and the parasite is easily kept under control by the body's natural defences. However there are exceptions:

  • In pregnant women, the parasite may cause severe damage to the unborn baby.
  • In humans with a weakened immune system, the disease can sometimes be fatal.

What causes toxoplasmosis?

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Is my cat infected?

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis in cats?

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Can toxoplasmosis be treated?

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Why is toxoplasmosis important for humans?

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What steps can I take to avoid the disease?

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What if I (or a member of my family) is, or wants to become, pregnant?

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