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how one can safely clean household items with possible mold infection?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Bleach decontaminate: One part chlorox to 9 parts water makes a 10% bleach solution. Immersion of an item in this solution for 5 minutes will typically be effective. Rinse with plain water and wipe dry after treatment.
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Mold disinfection : Strictly speaking household items can't get infections. However organic materials can get contaminated with mold particularly if they are allowed to be wet for a prolonged period. If mold is growing on porous materials such as wood or plaster it is unlikely that it can be eliminated. For other surfaces a dilute bleach solution applied with gloves and proper ventilation would suffice.

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Who gets stec infections?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
VTEC:STEC: Anyone can be infected but young children and older people are at risk of severe disease. Hus is more common in children. Stec: stec (also known as vtec) infection can cause serious disease, including bloody diarrhoea, and sometimes haemolytic uraemic syndrome. Infection usually results from consuming contaminated food or water, or from contact with infected animals or people. Avoid eating underco.
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How common are stec infections?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Quite common: In the usa, maybe 35, 000 cases per year seems to be the popular guesstimate, but most are mild. There are about 1000 hospitalizations and 30 deaths -- these are certain to be diagnosed in the microbiology lab and these numbers should be trustworthy. The risk is real; cook your burgers well.
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How are stec infections diagnosed?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Routine: All stool samples from patients with severe diarrhea sent to the microbiology lab are plated on media selective for shiga-toxin producing e. Coli, and may be subjected to an enzyme immunoassay when received. Positives go to public health labs that do pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and gene studies for comfirmation.
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What are the signs of powassan infection?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 52 years experience
Tick disease: This is a viral infection which can cause encephalitis ( a brain infection). Early signs of powassan usually include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, and sleepiness. In later stages, signs such as respiratory distress, tremors, confusion, seizures, coma, paralysis, and sometimes even death can occur. It is a tick borne disease like lyme. There is no treatment.
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What is a pseudomonas infection?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Bacterial infection: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative rod bacteria that can cause infection of the body, usually the lungs or skin. It is often seen in patients with chronic medical conditions or those that have a suppressed immune function from another disease.

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