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A 22-year-old female asked:

Husband has a 24 hour stomach bug. can i catch it if he breathes on me, hours after his last vomit, but i smell vomit on his breath? how to avoid it

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Gastroenteritis: Without knowing exactly what has caused your husband's symptoms it is difficult to advise. Would not kiss him, not come in contact with his secretions from any end of his GI tract and try to stay reasonably far away. Not easy, but could be of many sources.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Gastroenteritis: does not have airborne transmission but intimate contact (or maybe droplets) could spread it.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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