Congenital toxoplasmosis

Causes

What causes congenital toxoplasmosis?

Being infected by a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii or T. gondii before you are born causes congenital toxoplasmosis. However, most newborn babies with congenital toxoplasmosis will not show any signs of the infection right away. Congenital toxoplasmosis is not caused by a genetic mutation.

Jones, J., Lopez, A. and Wilson, M. (2003) Congenital toxoplasmosis. Am Fam Physician 67(10): 2131-2138. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0515/p2131.html

Toxoplasmosis: patient handout. American Family Physician. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0515/p2145.html

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