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A 33-year-old female asked:

feeling ill after cleaning out mainline to the septic tank and being exposed to raw sewage. can this cause actual illness?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Yes: See your Health Care Professional...exposure to raw sewage is harmful! BTW There is personal protective equipment which SHOULD BE USED when such jobs are done! Hope this helps Dr Z
Dr. John Froude
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Yes, rarely.: you are most likely reeling from the contact with sewage. It would only cause illness if you involuntarily ingested some, this might lead to fever and diarrhea. Could the bacteria that live in sewage enter through a break in the skin. If you practice normal hygiene and are in good general health you are okay

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