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Toxoplasmosis


Disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, a tiny sporozoon. Man is infected incidentally, by eating raw infected meat or by ingesting oocysts in contaminated food or water. The following four types of disease may occur in infested patients: an acute febrile lymphadenopathy; foetal infection causing brain damage; ocular disease, usually due to reactivation of foetal infection and disseminated disease in immunocompromised patients. Skin changes are uncommon and non-specific. Macular, maculopapular, papular and haemorrhagic eruptions may occur. They may be followed by scarlatiniform desquamation. Other lesions have also been described including nodules, urticaria and bullae.




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