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  • Disease

    Thrush

    This microscopic film shows a fluorescent stain of Candida. Candida is a yeast (fungus) that causes mild disease, but in immunocompromised individuals it may cause life-threatening illness. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

    Thrush is a yeast infection of the mucus membrane lining the mouth and tongue.

  • Test

    Toxoplasma test

    Blood is drawn from a vein (venipuncture), usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. A needle is inserted into the vein, and the blood is collected in an air-tight vial or a syringe. Preparation may vary depending on the specific test.

    The toxoplasma test looks for in the blood to a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite causes an infection called , which poses a danger to a developing baby if a pregnant women gets it. It is also dangerous in people with AIDS.

  • Disease

    Toxoplasmosis

    Human infection with the toxoplasma gondii protozoan results from ingesting contaminated raw meat or soil, or careless handling of the contents of an infected cat's litter box. An infected pregnant woman can transmit the infection to her fetus (congenital toxoplasmosis).

    Toxoplasmosis is an infection due to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. This article discusses toxoplasmosis in adults or adolescents. For information on toxoplasmosis in babies, see: