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Doctor insights on: Does Eating Undercooked Meat Cause Gastroenteritis

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Can eating undercooked meat effect your baby?

Can eating undercooked meat effect your baby?

Possibly: Cooking makes sure that potentially infectiousare killed. We have all seen examples of withdrawal of ground beef for this reason. Undercooked meat is a risk, not a certainty. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

You may not get sick: It depends on the state of meat before you ate. If the meat was from a healthy animal that was slaughtered and processed hygienically, you may not suffer any ill-effects. If these conditions are not met, illnesses range from gastro-enterititis within hours to parasitic infestations that may take years to express. ...Read more

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What are some things that can happen if a person eats undercooked meat?

What are some things that can happen if a person eats undercooked meat?

Eating raw meat: Humans can eat and digest raw meat, . An example is eating steak raw or rare. The main reason humans eat cooked meat is to destroy or kill bacteria and parasites that can cause one to get sick. Bacteria include salmonella, e. Coli, shigella, listeria. Parasites include ameba, tapeworms, toxopasma, etc. ...Read more

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I think i ate a small portion of undercooked meat. What are the health risks?

I think i ate a small portion of undercooked meat. What are the health risks?

Minimal: I assume this portion was in the interior of a piece of meat otherwise cooked. Most infection in meats , except for ground meat, is on the surface and will be eliminated if the outside gets over 165 degrees. So depending upon the conditions of the meat you ate, i seriously doubt there will be any consequences. ...Read more

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How come you get salmonella from an undercooked piece of meat?

How come you get salmonella from an undercooked piece of meat?

Processing: When meat is processed it is often contaminated by fecal matter from the animals and if the salmonella is not killed by appropriate heating it can infect you. The contamination has to be significant unless you have low gastric acidity or are taking antibiotics for another reason. ...Read more

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Is rotavirus a the most common cause of gastroenteritis?

Is rotavirus a the most common cause of gastroenteritis?

Thanks for asking!: Most cases in children are caused by rotavirus, while in adults it is norovirus & campylobacter. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning the leading cause of gastroenteritis?

No: A large collection of viruses called enteroviruses target the intestinal tract & are the most common cause of gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more


Undercooked Meats (Definition)

Eating undercooked meats increases the risk of certain ...Read more