The cause of a toxoplasmosis infection is a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite affects both humans and animals such as cats and dogs. The parasite can have serious effects on unborn babies whose mothers get infected.
Toxoplasmosis is transmitted from animals to humans through the ingestion of contaminated meat, fruits, raw vegetables, water, and fecal particles, or from a mother to her unborn baby.
Over 200.000 cases of toxoplasmosis are reported in the US each year. It is important to know that 80% of patients with a toxoplasmosis infection will not have any symptoms. Here are 10 symptoms associated with toxoplasmosis.
Symptom #1: Flu-Like Symptoms
Getting flu-like symptoms can be a sign of a toxoplasmosis infection. While most people with the parasite in their bodies do not get any symptoms, they still show up in some people. Toxoplasmosis symptoms are usually more serious in people with a compromised immunity, including those with HIV and cancer. The symptoms may also occur in children who got the parasite from their mothers when pregnant with them.
The flu-like symptoms may include other signs such as headache, general body aches, and fever. If you get a mild form of flu, consider consulting a doctor about tests to determine its cause.