Risk Of Cat Exposure During Pregnancy?
Hello! I want to ask … my position is working and I get lots of cats working, if later I am pregnant but still working at this place … is it dangerous for my womb? Thank you
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In pregnancy, contact with cats is not something that is prohibited, but cats are a vector of toxoplasmosis and need to be aware of the health of the mother and baby during pregnancy. This disease condition is caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite which can survive in cats. Toxoplasma can be transmitted to humans through several methods, including:
Contact with infected cat feces.
Contact with soil or media contaminated with cat feces.
Eating raw or undercooked meat, fruits and vegetables that have not been washed clean, and cheese or milk that is not through the process of pasteurization.
Exposure to cooking utensils used to process raw meat without washing.
Consuming contaminated water.
If you are pregnant and have a risk of exposure to cats in your neighborhood or workplace, there are several things you can do:
Reducing exposure with cat feces.
If you have to clean cat litter, use adequate personal protective equipment. Use a mask and gloves. But it's better not to clean your cat's poop by yourself.
Avoid contact with stray cats whenever possible.
Avoid feeding your cat using raw meat, as far as possible give the cat food that is already in the package.
Wash hands before and after contact with cats.
Avoid using furniture that is exposed to cat litter.
Avoid consuming raw food or contaminated water.
In pregnancy it is advisable to meet the nutritional and fluid needs for mother and child, as well as to carry out periodic controls for the health of the uterus, avoid taking additional medication alone without doctor's instructions. To screen for TORCH infections (Toxoplasma, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes Simplex), you can also consult an obstetrician for further examination and management.
Hopefully this information can help you,