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Risk of Toxoplasmosis in pregnant lady living with cats

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I am pregnant, I am living in the same house as two cats, they are house cats but come in for a few hours each day. What is the risk of catching toxoplasmosis, I am never in contact with them and they don't have a litter tray.

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You DO NOT have any particularly increased risk of Toxoplasmosis because of the cats. The main source of Toxoplasmosis infection is thought to be ingestion of bradyzoites contained in undercooked or cured meat or meat products. Ingestion of oocysts, from contact with soil, or eating soil-contaminated fruit or vegetables is another source of infection.
So you can see that those two particular cats has got no direct reason to transmit the disease to you unless you come to direct contact with its litter. More over house cats rarely harbour it .

Just make sure that you are washing your vegetables thoroughly and cooking you meat properly. To be safe avoid all contact with cat litter ( since you have no contact with them, that’s ok). No other precautions are necessary.
The recommendations are Evidence Based .

Hope this helps.
Please feel free to ask followup questions.
Wish you a joyful pregnancy.
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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