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my 2-year-old ate raw ground chicken, is there anything we should do as a prophylactic measure?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Watch & wait: There are germs associated with raw chicken but they may or may not be present or cause any problems. Onset of diarrhea associated with fever or bloody diarrhea should prompt a doc visit & stool culture. Some of the germs are innocuous and some you don't necessarily treat if they show up on stool culture. Abx sometimes prolongs the duration a kid carries the germ in his/her gut.
Dr. MANNAN RAZZAK
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Raw chicken: Nothing to do now but monitor for vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If it starts then pedialyte.

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If one of my students contracted chicken pox, should I be concerned i've never been vaccinated?

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