Can Rabbits Transmit Toxoplasmosis?
Good afternoon, I want to ask if it’s true that we rabbits will also be affected by toxo disease? From what I always read in articles, many say that rabbits cannot transmit toxo, is that true? If that’s the reason why? Thank you very much because I always argue with parents about this problem
Thank you for the question.
Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the parasitic infection of Toxoplasma gondii. This parasitic infection in people with good immune system often does not show severe clinical symptoms. However, if transmitted to pregnant women, the risk of miscarriage, premature labor, until the death of the fetus in the womb will be greater. Fetuses infected with toxoplasma in the womb, if successful, are susceptible to hydrocephalus, enlarged liver and spleen, convulsions, microcephalus, mental retardation, hearing loss, and many other complications.
T. gondii parasites are often found in cat litter or undercooked meat. Rabbits can be infected with T. gondii if they consume meat infected with this parasite. However, rabbits living so far have not been known to transmit toxoplasmosis in humans. However, rabbits whose bodies contain T. gondii parasites can transmit toxoplasmosis to humans if the rabbit meat contaminated by the parasite is eaten by humans in conditions that have not been cooked until fully cooked.
So, in order to minimize the risk of transmission, you should avoid consuming meat that is not perfectly cooked.
I hope this helps.