The toxo test is one of the first tests prescribed to a pregnant woman. If it is negative, it means that the expectant mother has never come into contact with the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. If he contracts it just while waiting, though, there could be very serious consequences for your baby.
In these cases, cats are the first at which you point your finger, because they can transmit the parasite through the feces. In reality, it is really difficult for a domestic cat (always lived in the house and not previously stray) to contract toxoplasmosis and transmit it to humans. Unless he goes into the garden and comes into contact with soil contaminated by stray animals.
Beware of the litter box
Since the problem, however, is limited to feces and litter, for an extra precaution it is advisable have other family members clean it or wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and running water at the end of the cleaning operations.
“However, it should be specified that the parasite cysts hatch about 2-3 days after the deposition of the faeces, at an ambient temperature of 24 ° C and high humidity” says Irene Cetin, head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan and professor at the University of Milan. “So, the risk of contamination is greatly reduced if the litter is cleaned every day“.
In short, once the – few – appropriate precautions have been adopted, it is absolutely not the case to remove the cat from home!
Sources for this article: web page of Epicentro (Higher Institute of Health); consultancy by Irene Cetin, head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Operational Unit at the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan and professor at the University of Milan.
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