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  • Disease

    Thrush - children and adults

    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 tongue and lining of the mouth. Certain germs normally live in our bodies. This includes bacteria and fungi. While most g...

  • 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 antibodies in the blood to a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite causes an infection called toxoplasmosis. The infe...

  • 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. Toxoplasmosis is found in humans worldwide and in many kinds of animals and birds. The p...