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Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

How can you prevent toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?

There are several things you can do to avoid getting toxoplasmosis:

  • Wash your hands and anything you use to prepare raw meat, chicken, fish, fruits, or vegetables.
  • If you have a cat or are caring for one, ask someone to clean or empty the litter box while you're pregnant. Wash tables and counters well if a cat may have walked on them. If you have to clean the cat’s litter box, wear gloves and a face mask. Be sure to wash your hands after you're done.
  • If you eat meat, make sure it has been fully cooked or frozen. Avoid dried meats, such as beef jerky.
  • If you touch soil, be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands after you're done. Avoid contact with cat feces in your garden.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them.
  • Avoid untreated drinking water. This is a concern when you are in the wilderness or when you travel to a country where drinking water is not treated.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 02, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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