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Is it possible to get infected by eating food contaminated by HIV blood?

Is it possible to get infected by eating food contaminated by HIV blood?

Extremely rare: It is extremely rare for this to happen. You cannot get HIV from eating food contaminated by small amounts of HIV infected blood. HIV does not live long outside the body. Exposure of the food to cooking heat, air or the acid in the stomach will kill the virus. There have been rare cases reported of children contracting HIV from their caregivers who are HIV infected. ...Read more

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Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

Very doubtful: The herpes virus can not stay viable on food for long. It is usually contracted by direct contact with an infected individual who is experiencing an outbreak or by sharing a glass, spoon, or even cigarette with said person. ...Read more

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After eating a contaminated food how quickly will you have symptoms?

After eating a contaminated food how quickly will you have symptoms?

30 minutes to hours: This depends on exactly what is causing the illness. Some types of food poisoning can have onset within 30 minutes and others may take several hours. ...Read more

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Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Yes, proper cooking: Thoroughly cooking foods, and proper food-safety habits, kills e. Coli bacteria. The "bad" e. Coli in food poisoning at first causes intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea. If it goes on to damage the blood and the kidneys, more organs get affected, and skin rashes looking like tiny blood spots or like bruises can appear. This second, serious stage of the illness is called hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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Is contaminated food the most likely place to get an e.Coli infection?

Is contaminated food the most likely place to get an e.Coli infection?

E. coli infections: Contaminated food is certainly a major source of e. Coli, but swimming unknowingly in contaminated waters, and lackadaisical hand washing also contribute. Improper home food preparation or kitchen precautions is also a major problem, so there are many ways that the bacteria can gain access the good news is that most of us who have healthy immune systems can avoid serious illness even if infected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for food poisoning or ingesting contaminated food? Five nights ago i mixed a batter of over-the-counter pancake mix then realized it was old. It had been open on the shelf uncovered. I fried and ate the food anyway. It didn't tast

What are the symptoms for food poisoning or ingesting contaminated food? Five nights ago i mixed a batter of over-the-counter pancake mix then realized it was old.  It had been open on the shelf uncovered.  I fried and ate the food anyway.  It didn't tast

Your : Your symptoms of cramping and diarrhea are consistent with food poisoning. It is very difficult to tell between viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and food poisoning, but with the concerning food intake then your symptoms could certainly be food poisoning. Most food poisoning will resolve on its own, but if you develop vomiting, are unable to tolerate fluids, have fever, pain, or blood in your stool then you need to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Can listeria linger in your mouth or on your face if you eat contaminated food?

Can listeria linger in your mouth or on your face if you eat contaminated food?

No: Be reassured. The bacteria would not persist at significant enough level to be transmissible. ...Read more