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What is toxoplasmosis?

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Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite (toxoplasma gondii). You can find it in the intestines of some animals, including cats and pigs.

The infection can cause cysts to form in your body, usually in your brain and muscles, including your heart. But if your immune system is healthy, it isn’t likely to cause you any trouble. You can have toxoplasmosis without knowing it.

From: What Is Toxoplasmosis? WebMD Medical Reference

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FamilyDoctor.org: “Toxoplasmosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Toxoplasmosis,” “Tests and Diagnosis,” “Treatments and Drugs.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 01, 2017

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Toxoplasmosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Toxoplasmosis,” “Tests and Diagnosis,” “Treatments and Drugs.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 01, 2017

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