Toxoplasma is a parasite that can be found in meat, especially from grass-fed animals, in the excrement of infected cats, and in contaminated water or soil (from gardens or backyards). If you have not been exposed to toxoplasmosis you should consider the following hygiene and dietary measures to reduce the risk of exposure and infection during pregnancy:

Uncooked meat or cured sausages

Do not eat uncooked meat or cured sausages. Consume meat and processed meat products either cooked at high temperatures (70-80º) or previously frozen at low temperature (-18º) for 48 hours (toxoplasma cysts are destroyed).

Fruits and vegetables

Peel or properly wash (under the tap water) fruits and vegetables that are eaten without being cooked.

Utensils and food

Wash kitchen utensils and surfaces where food that is eaten without being cooked is prepared.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with hot water and soap before and after handling food and touching a cat or its utensils.

Gardening and handling soil

Use gloves when gardening and handling soil.

If you have a cat at home

If you have a cat at home: avoid cleaning up its faeces, do not feed it with raw meat and keep it away from the street and possible sources of infection.

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