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Neurotoxoplasmosis, computer illustration. Brain abscess caused by parasitic protozoan Toxoplasma gondii and close-up of T. gondii in bradyzoite stage. T. gondii can be carried by all known mammals. It causes toxoplasmosis, a usually minor and self-limiting disease. It can, however, have serious or even fatal effects on an unborn foetus if the mother contracts toxoplasmosis during pregnancy. It can also cause abscesses on the organs of immunocompromised patients, such as in HIV-infected patients.
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