How is toxoplasmosis prevented?

Updated: Mar 08, 2019
  • Author: Murat Hökelek, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Everyone, including immunocompetent patients, should be educated about toxoplasmosis risk factors and ways to minimize the risks. Preventing toxoplasmosis is particularly important in seronegative immunocompromised patients and in pregnant women. Precautions against the disease include the following:

  • Avoid eating raw meat, unpasteurized milk, and uncooked eggs, oysters, clams, and mussels.
  • Wash hands after touching raw meat.
  • Wear gloves when gardening or handling soil and wash hands afterwards.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid contact with cat feces; however, pregnant women and persons with HIV infection who have cats are at no increased risk for toxoplasmosis compared with persons who do not have cats. [54]

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