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Decatur, GA
A 20-year-old female asked:

Ifi have proteus mirabilis in my urine and i don't wash my hands after using the bathroom. can i transfer it to things i touch or my mouth?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Hanna
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Unlikely: This is an organism that can cause a urinary infection. Yes you can colonize the organism to your hands and then transfer to other objects, (doorknob etc.. ). But to then translate that into another individual getting a urinary tract infection would be very difficult. First it is about quantity or microbes transferred, then location to transfer it to, and lastly susceptibility of the other pers.
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