Toxoplasmosis from Rabbits?

Jul 10, 2011 by

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I am concerned because I am pregnant and have read that feline litter box duties could lead to toxoplasmosis. No one seems to know if this could be contracted by handling rabbit litter boxes. So far my husband has been really wonderful about cleaning the litter boxes but I would really like to know if this is something I should be concerned with. I was hoping you might have some insight on this.

Cynthia Alex
Salt Lake City, UT

According to Carolynn Harvey, DVM, toxoplasmosis is adapted to the cat, and only reproduces in the cat. Occasionally, a rabbit or a dog can become infected, but if they do, it’s a non-patent infection, meaning that it doesn’t reproduce and a rabbit (or dog) cannot shed it.

House Rabbit Journal Volume III, Number 5, Summer 1995

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