Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma
gondii, also known as T. gondii.
What is going on in the body?
Toxoplasmosis is found worldwide, and can infect most species of warm-blooded
animals. It is often found in cats. Once infected, a cat will excrete the
parasite in its feces for a few weeks. The parasite in the feces needs 1 to 2
days to mature before it can infect other animals. Once mature, the parasite
causes infection and forms cysts in the tissues of the animal that eat the
feces. People can acquire T. gondii by eating undercooked meats with the cysts
or by swallowing the parasite in dirt or foods contaminated with cat
What are the causes and risks of the infection?
The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, is the cause of toxoplasmosis.
People can acquire toxoplasmosis by eating poorly cooked or raw meat and by
caring for cats infected with the parasite.