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Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy

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Toxoplasmosis usually does not cause any illness, or it can cause a mild illness (fever and swollen glands). 

But if a pregnant woman gets toxoplasmosis it may affect her unborn child and it may cause a range of serious developmental problems, such as damage to the brain, ears and eyes, or a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Humans can catch Toxoplasma from cats, but mostly it is caught from food such as raw or undercooked meat, and unwashed salad vegetables.

Most unborn babies who are exposed to Toxoplasma are not affected.

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Pregnancy, birth and baby 

SA Health (South Australia)

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