Toxoplasma gondii is ranked as the third most important contributor to health burden caused by foodborne illness in Europe

Most infections in humans are asymptomatic. However severe complications may occur after congenital Toxoplasma infection. Complications such as abortion, stillbirth, mortality and hydrocephalus in newborns.

Toxoplasma gondii in vegetables, fruit and meat

Tissue cysts from raw or undercooked meats has been recognized as an important cause of Toxoplasmosis, and it is an increasingly awareness of the consumption of raw fruits and vegetables as important routes of transmission.

The parasite may also cause retinochoroidal lesions leading to chronic ocular disease as well as lymphadenopathy, retinitis or encephalitis.

Facts about Toxoplasma

Explanation: The estimated total health burden (DALY: disability adjusted life years) is eight by 100.000.