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A 35-year-old member asked:

what causes harmful bacteria to grow on food?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Improper food: Hygiene. Realize that good and bad bacteria are everywhere. But with food, if it's not handled and stored in a safe fashion, it can allow all bacteria and fungi to grow out of control. Food is not only a nutrient for humans but also for bacteria. So if food is exposed/contaminated to bacteria(good or bad) during processing, it will often serve as a nutrient source to allow bacteria to thrive.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do bacteria get into food?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Multiple ways: Bacteria may be introduced to food anywhere from the farm, to any processing or from contamination at the final food preparation at the kitchen.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a bacterial food borne illness and a viral one?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Apples/oranges: Bacterial food borne illness often from undercooked, and/or contaminated food. Any uncooked animal product considered contaminated. Any raw, unwashed fruit/veg may be contaminated, so wash them before eating. Wash your hands before cooking, eating. Viral food borne illness includes hepatitis a, found in contaminated sea food, more commonly from food handlers. Other viral inf can cause GI sx.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to consume things like street food which might be full of bacteria if you don't get physically sick?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Nutrition vs bugs: Even street food, if cooked properly is not a risk for bacterial infections in the us. Consuming street food may be of questionable value from a nutrition standpoint.
Indonesia
A 29-year-old male asked:

How does bacterial lybrinthitis transmitted? Air? Food?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Common bugs: Bacterial labyrinthitis is thankfully uncommon and is caused by the bacteria that ordinarily live around us somehow getting a foothold. It's not contagious.
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A 51-year-old female asked:

I parked my car (locked) for 3 hrs in front of a pile of dirty & smelly trash which have rotten food&dirty things.Can bacteria& germs get in my car?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not to worry: The closed car is relatively isolated and nothing from the pile of trash, etc. could get into the car. We are constantly exposed to trash and other things simply by walking down the street. Most of the material in such piles is not infectious to normal humans anyway.

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