Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy

Shahnaz Akhtar Chaudhry, Nanette Gad, Gideon Koren

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Question: Congenital toxoplasmosis is a dangerous fetal infection. Why is routine screening for Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy not available for most Canadians? Answer: Low prevalence of the infection, high cost associated with testing, low sensitivity of screening tests, falsepositive test results, and limitations of treatment effectiveness are all cited as reasons for not routinely screening for T gondii infection in Canada. Currently, screening for the detection of T gondii is only performed in Nunavik and other parts of northern Quebec owing to the high prevalence of infection in this region. Congenital toxoplasmosis causes neurologic or ocular disease (leading to blindness), as well as cardiac and cerebral anomalies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-336
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


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