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Toxoplasmosis

Are you a patient with Toxoplasmosis?

Discovering that you have been infected with a disease can be overwhelming.  There usually are many unanswered questions and concerns that recently infected people have.  One that may come to mind is how can I help someone else that may go the same process and struggles that I have?  Participating in Research helps scientist and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnostic methods to improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease from spreading.  You can Help! Become a Specialty Antibody donor with PPA! The information below is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource.

Please review the following donor requirements:

  • You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
  • You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must weight at least 110 lbs.
  • You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.

To begin the Qualification Process, please fill out the Pre-Screening Form. For other questions and concerns about requirements or other information, please check out our FAQ’s. Check out the educational information below!

Toxoplasmosis

Definition

Toxoplasmosis is a disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world’s most common parasites and found most often in cats.

Symptoms

Toxoplasmosis may cause flu-like symptoms such as body aches, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, and fatigue. In some people, but most people affected never develop signs and symptoms. For infants born to infected mothers and for people with weakened immune systems, toxoplasmosis can cause extremely serious complications and symptoms that include headache, confusion, poor coordination, seizures, lung problems that resemble tuberculosis, and blurred vision.

Treatment

If you’re generally healthy, you probably won’t need any treatment for toxoplasmosis. However, you doctor may prescribe Pyrimethamine (Daraprim) or Sulfadiazine. If you are pregnant or have lowered immunity, certain medications can help reduce the infection’s severity. The best approach, though, is prevention: wearing gloves when gardening, avoiding raw or uncooked meats and unpasteurized milk, and covering children’s sandbox.

(Mayo Clinic, 2015)

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