Health Tip: Pregnant Women Must Protect Against
(HealthDay News) -- Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that,
if acquired by a pregnant woman, can threaten the fetus.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to reduce a
woman's risk of acquiring toxoplasmosis during pregnancy:
- Ask someone else to clean the cat's litter box each day.
- If you must clean the litter box yourself, wear gloves and
carefully wash your hands when you're finished.
- Always wash hands with soap and water after exposure to
unwashed vegetables, raw meat, soil or sand.
- Don't eat undercooked meat.
- Freeze meat for a few days before you cook it. This will
greatly reduce the chances of infection.
- Carefully clean with hot water and soap all knives and cutting
boards after using them.
- Wash or peel vegetables and fruits before eating them.
- Don't drink untreated water, particularly when visiting another
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