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FDA Clears First Test Used to Determine Recent Toxoplasmosis Infection

by The Beasley Firm  |  June 15, 2011  |  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first test in determining if a person with swollen lymph glands or a pregnant woman, positive for toxoplasmosis, contracted the infection in the last four months. The test, VIDAS TOXO IgG Avidity Assay, may be used to rule out recent infection by Toxoplasma gondii. The test also provides doctors with an additional tool that may help them determine whether or not pregnant women acquired the infection during their pregnancy or before. However, the VIDAS TOXO IgG Avidity Assay test should not alone determine clinical decisions.

Toxoplasmosis, considered a leading cause of death caused by foodborne illness, is an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and can result in severe health problems for those with compromised immune systems. Additionally, women who are infected immediately before or during their pregnancy can pass the parasite to their baby. This can cause a miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, or physical abnormality. It may also result in mental disability, vision loss, seizures, and/or other health issues for the child throughout their life.

Toxoplasmosis is most often associated with cats, more specifically cat feces infected with the parasite, but may also be caused by eating raw, undercooked or contaminated meat that has the parasite. Regardless of how it is transmitted, the effects of toxoplasmosis on an unborn child or infant can be very serious and even life-altering. With the addition of reliable tests, doctors can determine when a pregnant woman contracted the toxoplasmosis parasite and the extent to which it may affect both her and her baby. This test would not be necessary if a woman who becomes pregnant, or is planning to become pregnant, is properly informed about how to avoid the infection altogether.

It is the responsibility of any doctor, obstetrician, or other healthcare professional to inform a pregnant woman of the serious threat of a toxoplasmosis infection during pregnancy and how to avoid it. A pregnant woman needs complete information on how to avoid such a serious infection. Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals do not fulfill this duty. Simply being told to be careful about what she eats, or to not clean the cat’s litter box, do not convey the severity of toxoplasmosis and its potential effects on an unborn child.

If you or your baby has suffered an injury due to a toxoplasmosis infection during your pregnancy, you and your baby may be entitled seek compensation for your losses. At the Pennsylvania Beasley medical malpractice law firm, our legal and medical teams have successfully recovered billions of dollars for our injured clients. Our dedicated Philadelphia birth injury lawyers have decades of experience with toxoplasmosis infection injuries and can help you and your baby attain the compensation you deserve. To find out how we can help you, please call us toll free. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

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