Australian researchers have detected Toxoplasma gondii in more than one third of sampled ground lamb.

Toxoplasma is a parasite that causes inflammation of the retina, which is the nerve layer of the eye. Anyone may develop retinal inflammation after infection but it is more common and severe in babies, older adults and people with compromised immune systems.

Toxoplasma can be contracted from eating raw or undercooked meat, according to the study published in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health. In Australia, toxoplasmosis is not a notifiable disease. Consequently, health care providers do not have to report confirmed cases to public health authorities for statistical purposes.

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