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How long do the effects of Toxoplasmosis last in humans?

Asked by Cosmos (648points) December 6th, 2015

How long does it take to recover after coming in contact with this zoonotic disease? What treatment is prescribed?

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JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know very much about it, and I have no idea how long symptoms usually last, but I do know:

It is it’s very dangerous for pregnant women to get it, because they can pass it to the fetus.

Also, adults often have no symptoms, but can get severe symptoms. I think there is treatment for it if you think you have it. I don’t know if it is anti-parasitics or just symptom treatment.

If you think you have it I would go to the doctor, have it diagnosed, and ask the doctor what to expect. Many illnesses have similar symptoms.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

From what I understand you need to have a compromised immune system for this to be serious. Maybe one of our jelly-docs will answer.

marinelife's avatar

I dated a man who had it.

“Symptoms of an acute episode of toxoplasmosis, if any, are usually gone in about 7 days. Cysts remain in the body for life. The effects of congenital toxoplasmosis are also life-long.”


jca's avatar

I don’t know but here’s my story. I have had cats for the longest time (in other words, almost always). When I was pregnant, the doctor told me “you probably already have toxoplasmosis, because most people with cats have already had it.”

I had a cat that had toxoplasmosis. It wasn’t pretty to see the effect on him. I got him vet treatment, which was working, but it was very tough on him and for me to see him.

JLeslie's avatar

I clicked on the links and didn’t notice how they can tell if you have, or ever had, it. Do any of you know how it shows up? X-ray? Ultrasound? Blood test?

cazzie's avatar

I think it is a blood test. They’ll look for antibodies. Hang on, I’ll check.


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