Share Toxoplasmosis, the danger of a cat if you are pregnant
Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that is found in raw beef or infected meats that are not well cooked, in unwashed fruits and vegetables, in dust, on land, in hygienic sand that is dirty for cats and in places outdoors where there are cat feces. This parasite can cause a disease called toxoplasmosis, which can be especially harmful to mom and baby.
Toxoplasmosis is difficult to detect. Only 10% of infected women have noticeable symptoms such as swollen glands, fever, headache, muscle aches or stiff neck. As a result, many women who have suffered from the disease do not even know it. That's why, the moment you want to get pregnant or when you're pregnant, you should have an analysis to know if you have antibodies, especially if you have cats at home; In this case, if you have not had toxoplasmosis, you will be given hygiene and food regulations that you must follow to the letter. Cats become carriers of this parasite by eating small animals from their hunt or infected raw meat. Afterwards, the parasite passes to the cat's feces, and since the cat does not get sick, we may not know if our animal has the parasite.
If the mother's blood is infected with toxoplasma gondii, it can be transmitted through the placenta to the unborn baby, and this can cause hearing loss, mental retardation and blindness. Some children may develop problems in the brain or vision years after birth.
If, like me, you have a cat at home, these are the tips that we give to pregnant women so as not to expose ourselves to toxoplasma:
- If possible, have someone else clean the cat's litter box, otherwise use disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after doing so. It is also advisable to change the sand every day.
- Use gloves if you do yard work, since cats may have left feces there.
- Feed your cat with feed or canned food, never with raw meat.
- If possible, the cat does not leave home to avoid exposure to the parasite.
- Wash your hands carefully before eating and after coming into contact with raw meat.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes or face when preparing food and clean the surface where you worked.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or poultry and unwashed fruits or vegetables, eggs, unpasteurized milk and what else cost me, Serrano ham.
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