Pregnant women are advised not to clean litter boxes. A woman who is newly infected with Toxoplasma during pregnancy can pass the infection to her unborn child (congenital infection). The woman may not have symptoms, but her unborn child can be stricken with diseases of the nervous system and eyes, CDC warns.
At present, there is no vaccine to prevent human infection with Toxoplasma, which has just the one species, gondii.
Food Safety Issues and Attention
In a peer-reviewed article titled “Toxoplasma gondii as a Parasite in Food: Analysis and Control,” published in the March 2016 issue of Microbiology Spectrum, Drs. Hill and Dubey provide a comprehensive literature review of statistics and studies of the parasite conducted by scientists throughout the world.