Toxoplasmosis in cats
Cats are infected by eating rodent intermediate hosts harbouring this microscopic parasite.
Toxoplasma infects the cells of the intestine and multiplies (undergoes schizogony). Fertilised eggs (oocysts) are released in the faeces and can then infect rodents or even human intermediate hosts.
For more information see the Queensland Health Toxoplasmosis fact sheet.
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