Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 1987 Jan;17(1):55-71. doi: 10.1016/s0195-5616(87)50605-2.


Infection with T. gondii can have devastating effects on the development of the unborn human fetus. As veterinarians or physicians, we should be able to accurately assess the true risk of exposure of a person to meat-borne tissue cysts or to oocysts based on the age, health, roaming and feeding habits of their cats, and the occupational or recreational activities of the individual. When time precludes an in-depth discussion of preventive measures to decrease exposure to the parasite, the whole client education program can be neatly summarized in the admonition, "When pregnant, wash your hands thoroughly before eating or touching your face, and cook your meat thoroughly." In this way, the risk of exposure to toxoplasmosis and all other meat- or soil-borne diseases is greatly reduced.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cat Diseases / prevention & control
  • Cat Diseases / transmission*
  • Cats
  • Humans
  • Toxoplasmosis / diagnosis
  • Toxoplasmosis / prevention & control
  • Toxoplasmosis / transmission*
  • Toxoplasmosis, Animal / diagnosis
  • Toxoplasmosis, Animal / prevention & control
  • Toxoplasmosis, Animal / transmission
  • Toxoplasmosis, Congenital / transmission