Toxoplasmosis (toxo)

Children and adults with an inherited immune defect, a
Anyone with AIDS,
Anyone receiving systemic (bodywide) chemotherapy,
Anyone who has received a transplant and is on immunosuppressive therapy (to prevent rejection of their transplant), and
The fetus and newborn.

Toxoplasma gondii is a well-known teratogen — an agent that can cause birth defects. If a woman is pregnant when she is infected, the parasite can cross the placenta from her to the baby with sometimes catastrophic consequences.

Children born with toxo (congenital toxoplasmosis) can have mental retardation, convulsions (epilepsy), spasticity, cerebral palsy, and partial or complete deafness and blindness.

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