Who created this website and for what purpose?
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This website was created and is administered by a team of specialists led by professor RNDr. Jaroslav Flegr’s, CSc. of the Faculty of Science of Charles University. Our team has more than a quarter‑century of experience in the field of toxoplasmosis research. Yet, we’re biologist, not doctors. That’s why we would like to give our thanks to MUDr. Markéta Geleneky, RNDr. MUDr. František Stejskal, Ph.D. and RNDr. Petr Kodym, CSc., who have helped us with questions concerning the diagnosis and treatment of toxoplasmosis. The purpose of this website is to provide the public with objective information about the health risks associated with the infection caused by one of the most common parasites in the developed countries, a protozoan parasite called toxoplasma. Our aim is to disprove the inaccurate or downright distorting information spread about toxoplasma and toxoplasmosis in the press and on the internet. The basic information that you should remember after visiting this website is that the best scenario is to avoid becoming infected with toxoplasma in the first place. But, in case you do, there’s no reason to panic because, among other thing, about a third of the population of some developed countries, like the Czech Republic, is already infected. You should also keep in mind that in some countries, e.g. in the Czech Republic, the most common sources of infection do not include contact with cats but unwashed root vegetables and garden soil. It’s also worth remembering that becoming infected during pregnancy doesn’t usually lead to damage to the foetus. In other words, infection alone is no reason for abortion.


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