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A cashier as bleeding from opposite hand from which he cashed me out. can i catch anything. i have not used the motor oil i had bought, should i thro?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Very unlikely.: One must have intimate contact with blood either through an open sore or through contact with mucous membranes. Even then, the likelihood of catching anything is very slim. Unless you did something very unusual with their blood you should be fine.
Dr. Mary Bergum
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Hand washing: You can catch viruses and bacteria from anyone even if they don't have an open wound. Wash your hands regularly. You would only be at risk for blood borne illness if his fluid entered your fluid. Wash off your hands and your motor oil and you should be fine.

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