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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 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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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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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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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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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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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