antenatal screening programme
Toxoplasmosis is an infection which is caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii. It can be caught by eating food contaminated with the parasite. This can include uncooked meat or unpasteurised milk. Infection during pregnancy may harm the unborn baby.
Read more about toxoplasmosis on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
Screening for toxoplasmosis in pregnant women is not recommended. This is because:
- the screening test would incorrectly show that toxoplasmosis is present in many women
- it is not known if the current treatment (antibiotics) would stop the infection being passed to the baby or reduce the severity of the infection
- there is not enough information about how many people might get the infection in the UK
Supporting documents from the 2016 review
Evidence summary Toxoplasmosis (2015)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses toxoplasmosis (2016)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2016
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Toxoplasmosis
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Faculty of Public Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Midwives
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh