Toxoplasmosis is an infection by a tiny parasite (Toxoplasma gondii) that can live inside the cells of humans and animals, especially cats and farm animals.In humans with a normally functioning immune system, clinical signs of toxoplasmosis are usually mild and may pass either undetected or just cause mild 'flu'-like symptoms. Toxoplasmosis is most severe in certain 'high risk' groups of individuals whose immunity is impaired.
Once the diagnosis of toxoplasmosis is confirmed, you and your doctor should discuss whether treatment is necessary. In an otherwise healthy person who is not pregnant, treatment is not needed. Symptoms will usually go away within a few weeks. For pregnant women or people who have weakened immune systems, drugs are available to treat the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis.In the Switzerland, about 1,643,573 cases of Toxoplasmosis infection are reported in humans each year. Almost 8% of the Switzerland population is infected with Toxoplasmosis, a parasite of dogs and cats that can be passed from animals to humans.