A 31-year-old female asked:
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Stick in driveway poked my toe and made a mark. No bleeding but red and open wound. Could I get balamuthia mandrillas from this? I live in Phoenix

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Dr. Moira Dolan
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Highly unlikely.: It is highly unlikely that your wound would be infected with B. mandrillas, as it has only affected 70 people in the US for a rate of less than 1 in 5 million. The wound should be cleaned and evaluated for the need for antibiotics. Tests for balamuthia infection are available.
Answered on Feb 24, 2018

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