What is my wife's medical problem? (TOXOPLASMOSIS)my wife had mised aportion in thelast 45 day 4weeks gestion age no D&C don for her and this is the 2nd tim aportion in one yeer, since the...

What is my wife's medical problem? (TOXOPLASMOSIS)

my wife had mised aportion in thelast 45 day 4weeks gestion age no D&C don for her and this is the 2nd tim aportion in one yeer, since the last aportion the menstroation period didnt com to my wif  we did blood tsts we find she has toxoplasmosis

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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Toxoplasmosis is the 3rd leading cause of death in foodborne illnesses according to the CDD.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that travels from rodents to cats and to humans. It can go undetected because most infected persons do not show symptoms as their immune systems supress the parasite. Toxoplasmosis, which is transmitted via cat faeces (found on unwashed vegetables) and raw or undercooked infected meat, is relatively common, with 10-20% of the UK population and 22% of the US population estimated to carry the parasite as cysts.

Toxoplasmosis can cause blindness and brain damage in infants and young children. Most people with the parasite are healthy, but for those who are immune-suppressed -- and particularly for pregnant women -- there are significant health risks that can occasionally be fatal.

A recent study has shown a link between toxoplasmosis infection and schizophrenia.

Dr Glenn McConkey, lead researcher on the project, says: “Toxoplasmosis changes some of the chemical messages in the brain, and these changes can have an enormous effect on behaviour. Studies have shown there is a direct statistical link between incidences of schizophrenia and toxoplasmosis infection and our study is the first step in discovering why there is this link.” (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090311085151.htm)

Treatment is available for pregnant women. You should consult your wife's physician for follow-up medical care.


jkirkwoo eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that often has mild symptoms such as fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, pain, headache, sore throat, and fever.  However an infection during pregnancy is very concerning as it can lead to miscarriage, learning impairments in the child and blindness in the child.

You can get toxoplasmosis from cats, some birds, and eating raw or undercooked meat.  The most common cause of people getting infected is by mishandling cat litter, this is particularly dangerous when pregnant as some women don't know this danger and continue to clean up after their cats during the pregnancy.

Some medications used to treat it are the antibiotics clindamycin and Zithromax.

charcunning eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Toxoplasmosis is a disorder that you will need to speak to your doctor about, seeing as I don't think anyone on enotes is a health-care provider.

However, I will say that I know women can get it from changing the litter box of cats--women who are pregnant should stay away from the litter box (or get rid of the cat altogether) so that they do not contract toxoplasmosis from the cat feces.

I have linked you to a site below that was written by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and it has a detailed explanation of toxoplasmosis.

Good luck to you and your wife and best wishes for good health!

loraaa | Student

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