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    toxoplasmosis

    I've been told that it is very dangerous to get toxoplasmosis during
    pregnancy. How it is possible to avoid toxoplasmosis infection and what is
    the risk for the fetus?

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    Dear ecresc,

    That is right.

    It is rare for a baby to contract Toxoplasmosis in pregnancy but there are serious health risks if your baby does contract this disease. It is caused by the mother coming into contact with a parasite. The later on you are in your pregnancy the more chance your baby has of contracting the disease.

    Unfortunately it increases the risk of: miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects.

    There are several precautions you should take in pregnancy to significantly reduce your chances of getting Toxoplasmosis. This includes:

    - not changing cat litter yourself
    - not touching stray cats
    - feeding your cat tinned food rather than fresh meat
    - washing all fruit and vegetables thoroughly before consuming them
    - cooking meat properly and thoroughly washing all equipment used to prepare the meat
    - wearing gloves when gardening
    - don't drink unpasteurised milk or eat unpasteurised milk products

    Warm wishes,
    LJ

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    Thank you very much for your kind and accurate reply. It is very useful.
    Kind regards,
    Elisabetta

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    You are very welcome. Thanks for posting this important question.

    Warm wishes,
    LJ

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