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Can you catch a germ in blood, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, through a cut?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Yes and no: A cut, especially one that's contaminated with particulate matter and not washed, is prone to get bacterial infection. It's unusual for the bacteria to set up in the bloodstream, or for blood cultures to turn positive, from such an entry, even in the very immunocompromised.

Answered 12/31/2015



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