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A parasitic disease, infections with toxoplasmosis usually cause no obvious symptoms in adults. Occasionally there may be weeks or months of mild flu-like illness such as muscle aches. In a small number of people, eye problems may develop. Patients with a weak immune system diseases such as HIV may have severe symptoms such as seizures and poor coordination may occur. If infected during pregnancy, a condition known as congenital toxoplasmosis may affect the child. Treatment is often only recommended for people with serious health problems



Also known as Hansen’s disease, is a long-term infection by the bacterium. Initially, infections are without symptoms and typically remain this way for a couple of years. Symptoms that develop include granulomas of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. This may result in a lack of ability to feel pain, thus loss of parts of extremities due to repeated injuries or infection due to unnoticed wounds. Leprosy is spread between people, thought to occur through a cough or contact with fluid from the nose of an infected person. Nevertheless, contrary to popular belief, it is not highly contagious and is curable with a treatment known as multidrug therapy.