toxoplasmosis once, you cannot get it again. This is
immune system has learned how to fight it. When you
are immune to toxoplasmosis, you don't have to worry about getting it and
passing it on to a fetus (growing baby).
If you have an
impaired immune system (such as from
HIV infection or
chemotherapy), you may have problems with repeat
Infection during or just before pregnancy
cannot protect itself from toxoplasmosis. The toxoplasma parasite can infect
your fetus up to 2 months after you have been infected.
- If your fetus is infected during the first half of pregnancy,
toxoplasmosis may cause serious brain or eye damage.
- If your fetus
is infected later in pregnancy, toxoplasmosis is less likely to cause serious
Infected infants who are not treated with antibiotics
after birth can develop severe infection during the first 20 years of life.
This can lead to
intellectual disability, eye damage, and sometimes
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