Most Likely Pathways of Toxoplasma gondii infection

The purpose of this questionnaire is to compare the knowledge of Toxoplasma gondii infection pathways among LUHS Medical and Odontology faculty students of different years.

Your answers will help determine the general attitudes towards keeping and raising pets, understanding of pet borne (zoonotic) diseases that can be passed on to the owner, and knowledge of personal hygiene measures applied to prevent toxoplasmosis.

This questionnaire is anonymous and will not be used to identify you in any way. The data gathered will be processed and presented in a generalized form only.

The questionnaire can take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Which faculty do you study in?
What is the language of instruction?
What is your current academic year?
1. Do you have, or have you ever had a cat in your home?
1.1 If No, would you like to keep a cat in the future?
2. How did you obtain the cat that lives in your home?
3. Where does your cat spend most of its time?
4. Does your cat have regular or occasional contact with wild animals?
4.1 If Yes, please specify the location:
5. How regularly is your cat inspected by a vet?
6. Is your cat vaccinated?
7. Has your cat ever been diagnosed with toxoplasmosis?
8. Is your cat known to hunt any of these:
9. What are you feeding your cat?
10. Is cat food served in a dedicated dish?
11. Does your cat have a litter-box inside the home?
12 If No, where does your cat defecate and urinate?
13 Where is the litter-box located?
14 Please describe any litter-box accidents:
15 How often is the litter-box cleaned out?
1. How do you clean the cat's litter-box?
2. Do you disinfect the litter-box?
3. Where do you dispose of the litter-box contents?
4. Do you wear gloves when working in the garden?
5. Do you wash your hands after working in the garden?
6. Do you thoroughly wash any fruits and vegetables that you bring in from the garden?
7. If you use raw meat as an ingredient, do you observe the prophylaxis requirements?
8. Which of the following do you wash after contact with raw meat?
9. What do you use for the cleanup?
10. Do you allow the cat to walk around the kitchen, inspect foodstuffs and kitchen utensils?
11. Do you allow the cat to climb on the table on which you eat?
12. Do you allow the cat to sample food from your plate?
13. Do you feed the cat from your hands?
1. Does your study program have a course on parasitology?
2. Do you know what the term zoonotic infectious diseases mean?
3. List the names of zoonotic infectious diseases that you know:
4. Do you know what toxoplasmosis is?
5. Is it correct to say that toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by infection with the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii?
6. Is it correct to say that toxoplasmosis is often asymptomatic?
7. Is it true that toxoplasmosis cannot be passed through raw or undercooked meat?
8. Who is the only true definitive host of Toxoplasma gondii?
9. Who are the temporary hosts of Toxoplasma gondii?
10. The infectious stage of Toxoplasma gondii that cats pass directly to humans from environment is:
11. Can Humans be orally infected with Toxoplasma gondii through foodstuffs?
12. If Yes – with which stage?
13. If so, then what foodstuffs pose the highest risk?
14. Which population has the highest risk of contracting toxoplasmosis?
15. Toxoplasmosis risk factors in human behaviour are:
16. Should pregnant women avoid cat litter-boxes?
17. If Yes what is the reason why pregnant women should avoid cleaning cat litter-boxes?
18. For how long can Toxoplasma gondii oocysts remain infectious?
19. The risk of contracting toxoplasmosis can be reduced by (mark the correct statements);
20. Do you think that your knowledge regarding personal hygiene, pet handling and care, and toxoplasmosis infection prevention, is sufficient?
21. What do you think would be the most effective sources of improving the awareness of toxoplasmosis infection pathways and methods of its prophylaxis?
22. How confident you are in your knowledge of infection pathways? (10 means the most)
23. How confident you are in your knowledge about toxoplasmosis prevention? (10 means the most)