Can Toxoplasma Be Transmitted To Cat Fur?
Hello, I am a woman now 22 years old. When I was in grade 2, I hid a little cat in my underwear. Now I am married, do I have to check with the doctor because I am afraid of being exposed to the toxoplasma virus because of the cat because I also want to get pregnant because of fear of affecting the fetus too. What should I do? Thank you in advance
Hello, good afternoon Weni ...
Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite that can cause infection in humans. This infection due to protozoa is called toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is transmitted from animals to humans, and can also be from humans to humans, that is, from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Toxoplasmosis effects on the fetus, among others, causes slow growth and development of the fetus, miscarriage, or even death of the fetus in the womb. Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted from animals to humans in the following ways:
Exposed to cat feces containing parasites
consuming food or drinks contaminated with Toxoplasma, especially foods that have not gone through the ripening process to destroy bacteria and germs, such as raw meat, raw vegetables, etc.
In the condition you mentioned, where your underwear has been exposed to the body of a cat (cat hair), this does not increase the risk of toxoplasmosis directly, because the Toxoplasm parasite is present in cat litter, not on its fur. However, it does not rule out the possibility that the cat's fur was previously exposed to its droppings, so the risk of being infected with Toxoplas may still be present. Considering that event has happened a long time ago, it's likely that the body has formed immunity (IgG antibodies), so it doesn't harm the fetus.
However, as mentioned above, transmission of toxoplasmosis does not only come from animal waste, a history of consuming food / drink contaminated with Toxoplasma parasites can also cause toxoplasmosis. Therefore, regardless of whether you have a history of exposure to Toxoplasma or not, examination of Toxoplasma and other germs that can cause fetal disability (such as Rubella virus, Citomegalovirus, etc.) is better done for all women who are planning a pregnancy.
We suggest that you consult with your obstetrician regarding this and the planning of the examination that will be carried out.
That's all, hopefully it helps ..