Is The TORCH Check Important?
., I keep a lot of cats at home and there are plans for a toxo test. If I take the TORCH test, how urgent is the importance of other types of tests besides the toxo test? Can I just test for the toxin?
The TORCH examination is a test that is recommended for every woman planning a pregnancy and should be done before pregnancy, but it can also be done early in pregnancy. TORCH stands for several infections that can interfere with pregnancy if transmitted from mother to fetus, namely Toxoplasmosis, Other diseases (other infectious diseases such as syphilis, HIV), Rubella (German measles), Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Herpes simplex.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii that can be obtained from undercooked food and contamination with cat feces. In addition to Toxoplasmosis, other infections can be obtained through:
Other diseases: are infections that can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, can also be through blood contact (eg HIV) Rubella: virus transmission through saliva droplets in the air, for example when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, or even talks CMV: transmission of the virus through saliva droplets, urine contact, sexual intercourse, blood, and breast milk Herpes simplex: through sexual intercourse and contact with body fluids The examination is carried out by measuring the level of antibodies formed by the body in response to infection. If you are indeed planning a pregnancy, you should do all TORCH examinations as a form of prevention, because if you only check for one type of infection (eg toxoplasma), there may be other infections that are not detected and then not treated. However, if you are not planning a pregnancy and just want to know whether there is a toxoplasma infection, you can consult a doctor further to plan a toxoplasmosis screening examination.
To avoid toxoplasmosis in cat owners, make sure that your cat is kept clean, make sure that the cat does not defecate in the house, and always wash his hands before eating and after handling the cat.
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I hope this information is helpful.
Regards, dr. Delvira