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Cat Feces

If soil or plants contaminated with cat feces come into contact with your mouth, it can lead to toxoplasmosis. While this disease generally can't kill you, it can lead to a nasty fever and some disturbingly enlarged lymph nodes in the head or neck. The risks are greatest for pregnant women, who can pass on congenital toxoplasmosis to their babies. A child born with toxoplasmosis can have learning disabilities as well as problems with their vision and hearing—and even seizures later in life.
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