The dangers of cat feces exposure for pregnant women is well documented: cat poop can contain Toxoplasma gondii, one of the world’s most common parasites, which can cause the condition toxoplasmosis, which in turn can cause serious complications for a fetus. The condition can also cause dramatic brain infections for patients battling AIDS or other immunodeficiency disorders.

Now, two researchers from Maryland – E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute and Robert H. Yolken, M.D., director of the Stanley Neurovirology Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - are expanding our understanding of additional risks Toxoplasma gondii may entail.

In an Expert Q & A with the duo earlier this month, CNN discussed the additional risks of Toxoplasma gondii, the types of research needed to fully understand the dangers of cat poop and how people can avoid exposure to the parasite.

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