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A 56-year-old female asked:

I was eating canned sardine with rice. there was a fruit fly in the oil. i put it on the side of the plate. but by accident, i ate it with the food. can this fruit fly infect my mouth,throat,stomach,intestines, other organs in my stomach &in my body?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
We all eat small insects all the time: for every one you notice in or on your food, there probably are many others you don't notice. This is entirely harmless.
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