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Ecoli On Macconkey Agar
Bacteriology: Cled medium helps to prevent swarming of proteus over the surface of the plate. When this occurs it can overgrow and prevent identification of other organisms which may have been present. Am unaware that there is universal acceptance that this is preferred over mcconkey, and am also not familiar with the frequency with which proteus creates a problem. ...Read more
Got some pseudomonas aeruginosa broth on my hand and book in Microbiology Lab. Should I be worried? Washed hands
Washed hands: Relax! If you are washing your hand everything should be OK! I am an Endocrinologist in Michigan since 1976 and still working at age 72. Doing OK with the lab work in addition to patient care. If you are working in the Microbiology lab consider staying in the field for decades! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Klebsiella oxytoca on scalp from 2 cultures along with enterobacter cloacae , was on antibodiac 6 months, derm said its ok?
Contaminant: Most likely it is a microbe that just happened to be present rather than one causing infection. Your physician can address this with you. ...Read more
Pregnant. Spilled few drops of raw beef juice on floor & forgot to clean b4 it dried. Scared bacteria was treked thru house & entered body. Possible?
No worries: Our grandmothers, great grandmothers, great great grandmothers, and all the great women before them... All handled and cooked meat during pregnancy. They likely had to kill and gut animals with their bare hands. We humans are sturdy enough to not have to worry about the little things around us in our everyday lives, and just enjoy each day as it comes. ...Read more
Rinsed safety pin with warm water (had been sitting on my deck for over a week.) Pricked myself w/pin 3x &drew blood. Could this cause HIV infection?
Urinalysis:ESBL Klebsiella pneumoniae 1K-9K CFU/mL suscept to ertapenem,imipenem, piperacillin/tazo. Get treatment? Or could this resolve on its own?
It is unlikely that: You will catch your cat's cold.Get a more detailed answer ›
TB culture: Tb is difficult to culture and culture results often take months. Lowenstin-jensen and middlebrook agars are the culture medias used to grow tb. ...Read more
Auto-inoculation: E coli is normal in our intestines; everyone has it. If in the throat, it usually gets there by auto-inocuation, i.e. someone's own hands from poor toilet hygiene, then touching the mouth or lips. Also more common in special circumstances, like being in the hospital, taking antibiotics, or immune suppression, e.g. by advanced cancer or other illnesses. ...Read more
Im from srilanka, at a friend's place their rottweiler jumped on by brothr and made a scratch on his arm with its claw it broke the skin wat shud I do?
Rottweiler: Sorry this happened. Please have the brother taken to the nearest Emergency facility. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
How easy is it to get poisoned by rodent poisoning? (bromethalin, strychine,etc) The yard man put bait box down then touched plants & gate. Dangers?
Less than minimal: There is little likelihood from you get poisoned by the circumstances you described. ...Read more
Someone coughed all over my books & notes. I read that some bacteria, viruses, & fungi in healthy mouths live MONTHS on surfaces. What should I do?
Nothing : If you want to be extremely careful you can use some antiseptic wipes on the desk and books ...Read more