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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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How can food become contaminated?

How can food become contaminated?

Food Poisoning: Food can be contaminated through many sources. Physical handling, spray droplets (sneezing, coughing), chemical exposure, sitting out for long periods, etc. Are some of the ways food may be contaminated. Always be aware of your food preparation if possible. Uncooked meats may contain live organisms that could infect. Kitchen cleanliness with meat juices is important not to get on other foods. ...Read more

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How does food become contaminated?

How does food become contaminated?

Food contamination: Food can be contaminated at any step in preparing it for eating: 1) "pre-market" due to exposure of crops, animals, fish to sewage or toxins; 2) "at production" due to unsanitary storage and preparation facilities or ill food handlers; 3) "post-market" due to inadequate cooking and naive handling & preparation of raw foods; 4) "at storage" after foods have been prepared but before consumption. ...Read more

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Hi, my sister cooked food for us suddenly I saw the plastic had a bite of a rat and I think it was contaminated please help thanks?

Hi, my sister cooked food for us suddenly I saw the plastic had a bite of a rat and I think it was contaminated please help thanks?

Unlikely: The plastic obviously surrounded some food but it seems as if the rat did not get to the food. Most rats in this country do not carry disease and if they do, it usually requires a direct bite to your body from the rat. The cooking provides an additional level of protection. So you are most certainly fine and only need to seek help if you get sick after several days. ...Read more

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How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

Poor sanitation: Many gastrointestinal viruses are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, so poor sanitation and/or poor food handling techniques can lead to contamination of foods (such as a cook having viruses on his hands after leaving the restroom). Also, the viruses are transmitted on door handles, furniture, keyboards, elevator buttons, phones, stair railings; and by shaking hands, changing diapers, etc... ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks pregnant and may have eaten food contaminated by mice. What is my risk for lcmv?

I am 36 weeks pregnant and may have eaten food contaminated by mice. What is my risk for lcmv?

Near zero: Lymphocytic choriomeningitis is very rare. Mice are everywhere. Best wishes and good luck on your upcoming delivery. ...Read more

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How does food and water become contaminated with hepatitis a?

How does food and water become contaminated with hepatitis a?

Poor sanitation: Hepatitis a is transmitted, due to not washing the hands aftenruse of toilet, unsanitary food handling, bad sewage disposal and contamination to agricultural produce ...Read more

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Which blood-borne diseases can you get from eating food contaminated with infected blood?

Which blood-borne diseases can you get from eating food contaminated with infected blood?

None: Blood borne infections are rarely (if ever) acquired by oral exposure. Transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood born infections usually requires direct exposure to blood through wounds, shared drug injection equipment, or sex. You don't need to worry about blood on food. ...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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Can Lasa virus be killed through contaminated cooking food?

Lassa fever dangers: This disease is dangerous -and is transmitted by 'dust' or aerosols. Mice/rats contaminate food supplies and then you have the issue of what to do with the food that's contaminated. The best thing, I believe, would be to throw it all out, since you don't want to create dust or aerosols while cooking. It's infectious after all. Technically boiling temps kill the virus, but is it worth the risk? ...Read more

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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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I understand that the harmful form of ecoli that killed my mom needs contaminated food to survive. How long does it live without it? Months? Years?

I understand that the harmful form of ecoli that killed my mom needs contaminated food to survive. How long does it live without it? Months? Years?

Short time: E coli bacteria last less than 1-2 days on a surface that's contaminated. As you mentioned they would need a medium to propagate on otherwise it wouldn't be viable on a surface. ...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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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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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

Probably not: Especially if you don't get sick. Just because you were expose does not mean you will certainly get sick. Even if you do baby should be fine! Congratulations on your pregnancy! ...Read more

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Have episodes of dizziness after eating every time. What could be causing this? Could my food be spoiled or contaminated?

Have episodes of dizziness after eating every time. What could be causing this? Could my food be spoiled or contaminated?

Several concerns: Hyper insulin, gastric distinction.
Need to have areal good history and exam and chemical testing and perhaps imaging. ...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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How long after eating possibly contaminated food would one suffer the symptoms of food poisoning?

How long after eating possibly contaminated food would one suffer the symptoms of food poisoning?

2-6 hours for staph: Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms, including various bacteria, viruses and parasites, or their toxins are the causes of food poisoning.

When you develop symptoms depends on the exact cause of the food poisoning. One of the common causes of food poisoning is due to toxins produced by bacteria staph aureus especially if food is kept at room temperature. ...Read more

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How does food poisoning work? How long after eating contaminated food would one suffer from the symptoms of food poisoning? What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

How does food poisoning work? How long after eating contaminated food would one suffer from the symptoms of food poisoning? What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Food: Food poisoning is a common condition that results in more than 75 million episodes occur annually in the United States. Close to one in five episodes of diarrhea is likely to be due to a food-borne disease. This means that the average person in the United States will have a food-borne illness once every three to four years. Fortunately, most people recover from an episode of food-borne illness without any long-term complications.

The symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain (often aching or colicky in nature), diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody), fevers and very rarely blurry vision or tingling in arms.

Food poisoning can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and toxins. Some of the most common causes include e.Coli, salmonella, hepatitis a, norovirus and listeria. Since each of these bacteria or viruses have different pathogenic mechanisms, the onset of symptoms after ingestion can widely vary. In some instances, symptoms can start within minutes of ingestion (e.g. If the food ingested contains pre-formed toxins that have been produced by bacteria) and in others, symptoms may take days to develop as bacteria first have to grow within the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent food poisoning after eating contaminated food?

Not possible: The definition of food poisoning can be difficult since there are many possible causes for GI illness related to contaminated foods, some of which are related to preformed toxins from bacteria, some to the bacteria themselves, some to toxic materials in the food products. If you develop symptoms be sure and remember what you ate and when and where. Good luck. ...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

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If I become contaminated with e. Coli from tainted food, can I give it to my baby through breast milk?

If I become contaminated with e. Coli from tainted food, can I give it to my baby through breast milk?

No: To get into the breast milk it must enter your blood first, which will not happen. These germs remain localized to your gut and bowel. You would also shed the germ in your poo. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

Most likely no: There are some foods, like sushi or homemade unpasteurized cheese, that carry listeria that can lead to newborn infection and sepsis. It is best that you share this information with your OB immediately, so they can decide if the food you ingested was a suspected one, and if so how to treat you properly to avoid transmission to the fetus. ...Read more

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Always sensitive to wheat. Ate some contaminated food today: instantly warm/flush, then hives, then cough/stuffy, wheezy, dizzy. Ok if goes away?

Always sensitive to wheat. Ate some contaminated food today: instantly warm/flush, then hives, then cough/stuffy, wheezy, dizzy. Ok if goes away?

Allergic Reaction: There is a concern for an allergic reaction from the symptoms you are describing: immediate wheeze, dizziness, hives, and cough iafter ingestion of a food product. Make sure to document exactly what you ate and bring list into Allergist so that further testing can be completed to determine sensitivities. In the meantime avoid foods that caused this reaction. ...Read more

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We ate contaminated food that makes my stomach ache and frequently use the CR, but why do I have a headache? What does it mean?

We ate contaminated food that makes my stomach ache and frequently use the CR, but why do I have a headache? What does it mean?

Gastroenteritis: This stomach and probable intestinal inflammation could be the result of food poisoning or be due to a viral infection and both can have associated headache. Treatment usually consists of rest, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) a bland and light diet, AVoidance of harsh roughage, and intake of adequate room temperature liquids. Flat ginger ale is good. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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What are the effects of ingesting contaminated water?

What are the effects of ingesting contaminated water?

Depends: It depends on what is in the water, but it can be deadly and contaminated water is one of the greatest public health risks worldwide with millions dyings annually from the effects of contimated water sources. ...Read more

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What are effects of drinking of contaminated water?

What are effects of drinking of contaminated water?

It depends: On what is contaminating the water: bacteria, chemical agents, etc... ...Read more

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What should I do if I drank contaminated water?

What should I do if I drank contaminated water?

Don't do it again!: Once you've consumed contaminated water, there's nothing you can do to take it back & keep from getting sick (if you drank enough & it was dirty enough to cause illness). All you can do is wait. Sorry! ...Read more

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I drank contaminated water, what should I espect now?

Nothing.: If you become ill, see a doctor. But you did not say what the contamination is, so the best advice can't be given. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is enterobacter cloacae and what causes it? Could it be caught from eating or drinking something contaminated?

GI bacteria: Enterobacteriaceae are bacteria that generally live in the intestine. They are considered normal flora there and don't necessarily cause disease. They can be found in soil and water. Enterobacter cloacae is a specific member of this group. It can cause infections in the blood, urine, GI tract, abdominal cavity and other places. It can be transmitted by contaminated food. ...Read more

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Is a pool contaminated if a rat urinated in it?

Is a pool contaminated if a rat urinated in it?

Rat urination: Anyone rat or person urinating in a pool will dilute in the pool water. There would have to be a lot of urine or not much water for it to be a problem. Is the pool chlorinated? If it is properly chlorinated this would decrease the risk. Rodent urine and droppings can be a concern, however the problems have been more of an issue with fresh water, rodents urinating on cans, or contaminated dust. ...Read more

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What can be done if a water system is already contaminated or is suspected of being contaminated?

Bottled water: First off, you will need to stop using the water from that system. Get some bottled water. Secondly, the system will need to be inspected and once it's been done and the contamination treated, you may be given permission to start using it again. ...Read more