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A 41-year-old female asked:

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

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
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.
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