Toxoplasmosis is a common infection that you can catch from the poo of infected cats or infected meat. It's usually harmless but can cause serious problems in some people.
Toxoplasmosis doesn't usually cause any symptoms and most people don't realise they have had it.
Some people get flu-like symptoms, such as:
If you do have symptoms, they normally get better on their own within about 6 weeks.
Once you have had toxoplasmosis you are immune to it for the rest of your life.
Toxoplasmosis is usually harmless, but in rare cases it can lead to serious problems.
You are more at risk if:
The GP may do blood tests to see if you have been infected. They can also prescribe medicines to treat the infection if necessary.
If you are pregnant and you test positive for toxoplasmosis, your GP can refer you for more tests to see if your baby has been infected. This is very rare.
The baby charity Tommy's has more advice on toxoplasmosis and pregnancy.
The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis is found in the poo of infected cats and in infected meat. You can also catch it from soil that has been contaminated by cat poo.
If you are pregnant or have a weak immune system:
Page last reviewed: Sat Aug 2020 Next review due: Sat Aug 2020