Persons without symptoms usually do not need treatment.
Medicines to treat the infection include an antimalarial drug and antibiotics. AIDS patients should continue treatment for as long as their immune system is weak to prevent the disease from reactivating.
With treatment, people with a healthy immune system usually recover well.
The disease may return.
In people with a weakened immune system, the infection may spread throughout the body, leading to death.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of toxoplasmosis. Immediate medical care is needed if symptoms occur in:
Infants or babies
Someone with a weakened immune system due to certain medications or disease
Immediate medical treatment is also needed if the following symptoms occur:
Tips for preventing this condition:
Do not eat undercooked meat.
Wash hands after handling raw meat.
Keep children's play areas free from cat and dog feces.
Wash your hands thoroughly after touching soil that may be contaminated with animal feces.
Pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems should take the following precautions:
Do not clean cat litter boxes
Do not touch anything that may contain cat feces
Do not touch anything that could be contaminated by insects exposed to cat feces (cockroaches, flies, etc.)
Pregnant women and those with HIV should be screened for toxoplasmosis. A blood test can be done.
Montoya JG, Boothroyd JC, Kovacs JA. Toxoplasma gondii. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 279.
Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.