WHITE STRIPE The health department started looking into two cases of toxoplasmosis, an infection with a parasite, and as a result, Westchester County released a toxoplasmosis exposure warning. Two game meals were provided at the Moses Taylor Jr. American Legion Post in Mount Kisco on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20, for people who were exposed and those who were ill.
The Health Department advises everyone who attended or consumed food from these game banquets to speak with their physician regarding the possibility of contracting the parasite-causing disease toxoplasmosis.
Additionally, the health department is requesting that anybody experiencing any of the following symptoms, including vision changes or eye symptoms, immunosuppression, pregnancy, or other health issues, contact the agency at 914-813-5180 during business hours or 914-813-5000 after hours.
The disease toxoplasmosis can be fatal for people with compromised immune systems, lead to birth deformities or miscarriages in expectant mothers, or cause long-term visual impairments in those experiencing ocular symptoms.
According to health professionals, most people do not need treatment because a healthy person’s immune system typically prevents the parasite from producing illness.
A few weeks of flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, muscle pains, fever, chills, and sweats, fatigue, sore throats, and enlarged lymph nodes, can be experienced by certain parasite carriers. Long-term consequences could also include issues with vision.
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