Friday, March 31, 2006

Kittie Litter Caution

Toxoplasmosis- an illness that can be contracted by gardening, being exposed to cat feces, or eating undercooked meat or eggs- causes mild flu-like symptoms in adults. During pregnancy, however, toxoplasmosis can affect fetal development, resulting in a small number of cases each year of babies born with eye and brain damage. Studies have shown that normal prenatal care detects with only about half of the cases found newborns. You can help prevent exposure with these precautions: -Ask someone else to change the litter box. -Where gloves if you do it yourself. Pour boiling water in teh box after the letter has been removed and remember to wash your hands afterward. -Wear gloves while gardening. -Eat meat that is well cooked.