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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that in healthy adults causes a mild flu like illness, if it presents any symptoms at all.
 How it is transmitted
The parasite lives in the gut of cats and other animals. Housecats usually show no symptoms when they are infected with it. Transmission to humans is through accidental swallowing or inhalation of infected feces, from eating undercooked meat or other contaminated food, or from contaminated drinking water.
 Risks during pregnancy
Children born to mothers who contract toxoplasmosis shortly before or during pregnancy may not experience any problems or they may have developmental problems later in childhood. A small percentage of severe infections in unborn babies results in eye damage, mental retardation or miscarriage. The greatest risk to your baby is in the first and second trimesters.
 To reduce your risk
Things you can do to reduce your risk of contracting toxoplasmosis while pregnant: