(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has approved the first test used to help identify whether a person recently contracted the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis.
The test, known as the VIDAS TOXO IgG Avidity Assay, can determine if a person got the infection within the four months prior to being examined. It works by detecting how strongly antibodies bind to the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, Toxoplasma gondii.
People can become infected with the parasite after eating undercooked or contaminated meat, or if they come in contact with infected cat feces. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, toxoplasmosis is the leading cause of death associated with illnesses stemming from food.
Some of its common symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and flu-like symptoms.
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