Warning Issued for Potential Toxoplasmosis Exposure at Game Dinners

Westchester County officials have recently issued an alert regarding potential exposure to toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite. This warning comes after two individuals infected with the parasite attended game dinners that took place at the Moses Taylor Jr. American Legion Post in Mount Kisco. The dinners were held on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20.

In light of this, county officials are urging all individuals who consumed food at these game dinners or had leftovers afterwards to consult their doctor regarding possible toxoplasmosis exposure. It is important to be aware that this infection can lead to serious health complications, including birth defects and miscarriages in pregnant women. Furthermore, individuals with weakened immune systems are at risk of severe illness, while those with eye symptoms may experience prolonged visual deficits.

Although most healthy individuals possess immune systems capable of preventing illness caused by the parasite, some cases can result in flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, fever with chills and sweats, tiredness, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Additionally, the illness can last for several weeks and may also cause long-term effects such as vision problems.

To ensure appropriate medical assessment and care, the Health Department advises anyone who attended the game dinners and falls into any of the following categories to contact them: pregnant individuals, those with weakened immune systems, individuals experiencing visual changes or eye symptoms, or anyone exhibiting any other symptoms. During business hours, individuals can call 914-813-5180, and for after-hours assistance, please dial 914-813-5000.

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FAQ:

1. What is toxoplasmosis?
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite.

2. What is the source of potential exposure to toxoplasmosis in Westchester County?
Two individuals infected with the parasite attended game dinners at the Moses Taylor Jr. American Legion Post in Mount Kisco.

3. When were these game dinners held?
The dinners were held on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20.

4. What should individuals who consumed food at these game dinners do?
County officials are urging all individuals who consumed food at these game dinners or had leftovers to consult their doctor regarding possible toxoplasmosis exposure.

5. What are the health complications associated with toxoplasmosis?
Toxoplasmosis can lead to serious health complications, including birth defects and miscarriages in pregnant women. Individuals with weakened immune systems are also at risk of severe illness, while those with eye symptoms may experience prolonged visual deficits.

6. What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis?
Flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, fever with chills and sweats, tiredness, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes may occur. The illness can last for several weeks and can cause long-term effects such as vision problems.

7. Who should contact the Health Department?
Pregnant individuals, those with weakened immune systems, individuals experiencing visual changes or eye symptoms, or anyone exhibiting any other symptoms should contact the Health Department.

8. How can individuals contact the Health Department?
During business hours, individuals can call 914-813-5180, and for after-hours assistance, please dial 914-813-5000.

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