Toxoplasma gondii

Sources

Some of the sources of toxoplasma gondii are:

  • Eating undercooked, contaminated meat, especially pork, lamb, and venison
  • Accidentally indgesting undercooked contaminated meat after handling it and not washing your hands thoroughly,
  • Eating food that was contaminated by knives, utensils, cutting boards, and other foods that have made contact with raw, contaminated meat.

Symptoms:

Most people who are infected with toxoplasma gondii are not even aware of it.

Some people who are infected may have flu-like symptoms with swollen lymph glands or muscle aches and pains that can last for more than a month.

Other symptoms may include reduced vision, blurred vision, pain when looking at bright lights, redness of thee eyes, and sometimes tearing of the eyes.

Treatment:

Treatments may include medications provided by your doctor but only if it is necessary because symptoms usually only last a few weeks to a month.

For a healthy person who is not pregnant, medication is not necessary, but a pregnant woman or someone with a weak immune system may need medication to treat their symptoms.

Long Term Effects:

It is possible that the effects of toxoplama gondii may stay even after the parasite has been cleared from your body.

Prevention:

Some ways to prevent toxoplasmosis are to:

  • Cooking and storing meat at the correct temperatures
  • Wash hands thoroughly
  • Keep food pep areas as clean as possible