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I love oysters. What is the risk that I will catch vibrio vulnificus?

I love oysters. What is the risk that I will catch vibrio vulnificus?

Raw oysters: You are at risk if you eat raw or inadequately cooked oysters. It can be a serious infection. The risk, with eating raw oysters, depends on the contamination of water in which oysters grew. ...Read more

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When I was little mom always cooked the life out of porkchops. Can I still get a foodborne illness from undercooked pork?

When I was little mom always cooked the life out of porkchops. Can I still get a foodborne illness from undercooked pork?

Undercooked pork: Yes, you can. Viruses such as hepatitis e, bacteria such as e. Coli o157, and (still) parasitic diseases such as pork tapeworm and trichinellosis can be harbored by raw pork. ...Read more

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Was served raw chicken at a restaurant. Didn't realize it until I consumed an extremely raw piece. What are the chances of getting sick? What to do?

Was served raw chicken at a restaurant.  Didn't realize it until I consumed an extremely raw piece.  What are the chances of getting sick? What to do?

It's pretty low: but pretty obvious if you get salmonella. Pepto-bismal has some mild effects. Doubtful if antibiotics can be preventative (the chicken was already eating enough of those for the both of you!!!). more detailed info can be found by clicking on the lings ta the bottom of www.nerdpocalypse.net and directly coonecting with me. ...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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Is it safe to eat salmon sushi? I've recently heard about the possible rusk of getting tapeworm from if?

Is it safe to eat salmon sushi? I've recently heard about the possible rusk of getting tapeworm from if?

Rare, preventable: Unlike most fish eaten raw as sushi or sashimi, salmon can contain the fish tapeworm and other parasites. However, these are killed by freezing, and in the US, salmon intended to be eaten raw is required by law to be frozen first. So the actual risk is very low. However, this may not be the case in all countries, and I would recommend avoiding raw salmon if uncertain of local laws. ...Read more

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What are the chances of chlamydia from eating a girl out? I know its extremely rare for someone to catch HIV this way. What about with chlamydia?

What are the chances of chlamydia from eating a girl out? I know its extremely rare for someone to catch HIV this way. What about with chlamydia?

Oral Sex and STDs: It is very unlikely for the partner performing oral sex on a female to get infected with chlamydia. Chlamydia is more of a infection of the cervix, not the labia or clitoris and thus very low risk of transmission with simple oral sex. . Now, the same does not go the other way. A partner performing oral sex on an infected penis is at high risk for getting chlamydia. ...Read more

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If u touch's fish blood win doin' the fish can u get a disease from it and what happens if possible fish's blood got splash in2 the nose? what happens?

If u touch's fish blood win doin' the fish can u get a disease from it and what happens if possible fish's blood got splash in2 the nose? what happens?

Not likely: I don't know of any fish born diseases (except parasites) that can be transferred to humans. I wouldn't worry about it, but if you do develop rash or other symptoms, please see your Dr.. ...Read more

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Is calamari a shellfish? Also if i wanted to eat fried calamari should I worry about the transfer from the oil that it is cooked in?

Is calamari a shellfish? Also if i wanted to eat fried calamari should I worry about the transfer from the oil that it is cooked in?

Calamari = shellfish: Shellfish refers to mollusks and crustaceans. Calamari is squid, a member of the mollusk family along with snails, and bivalves (scallops, clams, oysters, mussels). Allergy to mollusks is generally mediated by the protein tropomyosin which is also found in crustaceans: shrimp, crab, crayfish and lobster. The oil may be ok, but i would not bet on it. ...Read more

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Can you catch a virus from smelling vomit from a distance?There was some kinx of sour smell in the office that i share, i dont know what it is I worry

Can you catch a virus from smelling vomit from a distance?There was some kinx of sour smell in the office that i share, i dont know what it is I worry

Little or no risk: Norovirus, the cause of most brief gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea ("stomach flu"), can be caught by people in the same room while someone is vomiting. However, just smelling vomit from some previous time is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Im doing a school project on Salmonella and I was wondering what Salmonella does to protect itself from predators.

Salmonella: Appreciate your honesty, but this is the wrong site. Would suggest you start by looking up Salmonella in a Microbiology textbook, has to be your work and reflect your understanding. Great project, good luck! ...Read more

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Why does consuming the flesh of another human make us ill and catch kuru but we can still eat other animals?

Why does consuming the flesh of another human make us ill and catch kuru but we can still eat other animals?

Kuru: Kuru has been spread through funerary cannibalism in the Fore tribe. The prion that causes this spongiform encephalopathy is found in humans. Evidently other primates are capable of being infected. ...Read more

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Is it true that cats cause infertility? How to protect myself if I have two cats & no intension to give them up? Thanks!

Is it true that cats cause infertility? How to protect myself if I have two cats & no intension to give them up? Thanks!

No: Cats do not cause infertility. Cats can carry a disease called toxoplasmosis which may harm an unborn baby. Have your cats checked for this disease or yourself by your doctor. ...Read more

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My rabbit has fungal infection.. ringworm..Does it spread to humans?? Is it zoonois??How can I prevent that?? What r d odds of me getting it frm him?

My rabbit has fungal infection..  ringworm..Does it spread to humans?? Is it zoonois??How can I prevent that?? What r d odds of me getting it frm him?

Stop googling!: yes ringworm spreads from animals to humans. It's hard to give the odds not knowing your contact with your rabbit but I wouldn't be surprised. Just watch for skin changes and likely can start with otc treatment if caught early. ...Read more

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How bad is Zika in Brazil? I was supposed to go next month. Is it so bad that the vast majority of mosquitoes are infected? Or not quite that bad?

How bad is Zika in Brazil? I was supposed to go next month. Is it so bad that the vast majority of mosquitoes are infected? Or not quite that bad?

Well seems not good: There have been many reports of infection and unfortunately will then be brought into this country. Already reported as such. If you are pregnant would not go. But even without a pregnancy the virus seems to be transmitted sexually. So take great care ...Read more

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Cat does not have toxoplasmosis - can the powder from the litter i smell when i kiss him be harmful to baby (pregnant)?

Cat does not have toxoplasmosis - can the powder from the litter i smell when i kiss him be harmful to baby (pregnant)?

No.: Toxoplasmosis transmits when oocysts excreted in cat droppings sit in kitty litter or soil for several days so they can mature to an infectious stage. The transmission is not aerosol but rather litter-to-hand-to-mouth. The same type of transmission occurs from contaminated soil. ...Read more

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How long does Salmonella live in the refrigerator? It's been a year since we defrosted a turkey. I hoone.. Is it dead? Salmonella scares me.

How long does Salmonella live in the refrigerator? It's been a year since we defrosted a turkey. I hoone.. Is it dead? Salmonella scares me.

It's not worth it...: The turkey is dead. The Salmonella and other bacteria... who knows? There's a reason for cleaning out refrigerators every month, and throwing out old stuff. Fresh poultry can be at 1-40 degrees only a few days. In the deep freeze, below 0 degrees, maybe 6-12 months. A raw turkey, sitting in the fridge for a whole year... put it in the trash on trash day (with any other old stuff from the fridge). ...Read more

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I have HPV. Is it transmitted to my kids if I'm pregnant in the future? Is it harmful? How can I prevent it from transmitting if so? Help!

I have HPV. Is it transmitted to my kids if I'm pregnant in the future? Is it harmful? How can I prevent it from transmitting if so? Help!

Depends: The genital wart HPV can be passed during the birthing process if the mom is shedding virus.They may then show up on the babies genitals in their first 2+/- years and rarely may be found on the babies vocal cords. C section delivery prior to ruptured membranes would eliminate the possibility, but is rarely needed as most are not shedding continuously. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone who has a bad case of scabies to be cooking at a restaurant? I don't want those bugs!

Is it safe for someone who has a bad case of scabies to be cooking at a restaurant? I don't want those bugs!

Scabies: Scabies mites are spread by direct bodily contact with a person, and more unlikely from wearing clothing or sitting on an infected couch. Treating with medication may kill the mite before the rash and itching are gone. Though spread in a restaurant setting is almost impossible, respect your patrons by making sure you are treated and your clothing disinfected before going back to work. ...Read more

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I love oysters. What is the risk that I will catch vibrio vulnificus?

Raw oysters: You are at risk if you eat raw or inadequately cooked oysters. It can be a serious infection. The risk, with eating raw oysters, depends on the contamination of water in which oysters grew. ...Read more

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Where can I come into contact with vibrio vulnificus?

Where can I come into contact with vibrio vulnificus?

Water and oysters: Eating raw or inadequately cooked oysters and wound infection from contamination water. ...Read more

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Is vibrio vulnificus possible in fish oil supplements?

Is vibrio vulnificus possible in fish oil supplements?

Fish oil: Could find no reports of vulnificus in fish oil and the fish used for fish oil are not usually vulnif vectors. Can't vouch for it can't happen. ...Read more

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Can vibrio vulnificus survive on cloth after contact with possible infected seawater? Clothes were wet and got in my car.

Can vibrio vulnificus survive on cloth after contact with possible infected seawater? Clothes were wet and got in my car.

Vibrio vulnificus: Vibrio vulnificus is a species of Gram-negative, motile, curved, rod-shaped (bacillus), pathogenic bacteria of the genus Vibrio. It is usually found worldwide in coastal or estuarine environments with water temperatures from 9 to 31 °C. The organism has the ability to evade destruction in highly acidic environments such as the stomach. It can potentially survive on a wet cloth. ...Read more

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Is cholera caused only by the bacterium vibrio?

Is cholera caused only by the bacterium vibrio?

Yes: Vibrio cholerae is the cause of human cholera. Fowl cholera and swine cholera are not human diseases and caused by different pathogens. ...Read more

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How long after a gastric sleeve can I use a vibrio power machine?

How long after a gastric sleeve can I use  a vibrio power machine?

used it before ?: If you used it before you can resume your full activities by 6 wk in a uncomplicated case, speak to your doctor for guidance. May advise you to do exercises to tone up your muscles. ...Read more

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Vibrio cholerae produces toxin and is capable of causing cholera only when it is lysogenic. Why is this?

Vibrio cholerae produces toxin and is capable of causing cholera only when it is lysogenic. Why is this?

Vibrio cholerae: " CTXf gains entry to the V. cholerae cell by way of the toxin-regulated pili—the surface organelles required for intestinal colonization. Its genes are then incorporated into host chromosome, inducing the cell to secrete CT" See pages 121 & 122 of REF: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/admicrob6.pdf ...Read more

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I just read about vibrio in Florida. I have mosquito scars and I'm now afraid to travel on Fl in 5 days. Should I cancel my trip?

I just read about vibrio in Florida. I have mosquito scars and I'm now afraid to travel on Fl in 5 days. Should I cancel my trip?

No: Vibrio cholera is the most virulent bacteria. It is transmitted by water contaminated by infected feces. Not by skin or Respiratory secretions. just be sure that food is hygienic ally prepared and you will be fine. ...Read more

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How can vibrio cholerae survive the acidic pH of the stomach?

How can vibrio cholerae survive the acidic pH of the stomach?

Not well: The organism is killed by stomach acid so those with diminished levels of gastric acid are more susceptible. If you ingest enough, some danger through. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for vibrio parahaemolyticus infection?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for vibrio parahaemolyticus infection?

A number of drugs: V parahaemolyticus, usually acquired from eating raw shellfish, can be treated with a drug like either Ciprofloxacin or doxycycline. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vibrio cholera?

Watery diarrhea: Many people infected with the cholera bacillus have no symptoms but when symptoms occur the disease is manifest by watery ( rice water ) stools, sometimes with vomiting and little fever. ...Read more

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Is vibrio parahaemolyticus infection painful?

Is vibrio parahaemolyticus infection painful?

V.parahemolyticus: V.Parahemolyticus is often associated with a history of seafood ingestion or wounds in sea water. Unfortunately, conventional antibiotic therapy does not shorten the course of hemolytic or dysenteric illness (painful for some). As in all diarrheal diseases, the key is adequate rehydration. If diarrhea persists more than 5 days, patients may benefit from treatment with tetracycline or a quinolone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how cholera (vibrio cholerae) attack human body systems?

Can you tell me how cholera (vibrio cholerae) attack human body systems?

Diarrhea/ dehydrates: Cholera is an intestinal bacterial infection by Vibrio cholerae. Contaminated water. Is often the source of infection. It can lead to severe watery diarrhea,dehydration & potentially to death. ...Read more

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What would have a greater chance at creating an endemic in the U.S.: vibrio cholerae or etec?

What would have a greater chance at creating an endemic in the U.S.: vibrio cholerae or etec?

Definitely E. coli: There is no cholera here in the United States, thanks in part to our excellent water and sewer systems, so there's very little chance of any type of outbreak. Usually where you see cholera outbreaks are in areas of civil war (like Yemen right now) or after a huge disaster like Haiti a few years ago from the earthquake. E. coli is much more common in the USA, and there are different types-like ETEC ...Read more

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What would have a greater chance at creating an endemic in the us: vibrio cholera or etec?

Epidemic or endemic?: In the developed world, substantial outbreaks of cholera do not occur because of safe water supplies. Etec, enterotoxic e. Coli, is more of a sporadic infection and a common cause f traveler's diarrhea. ...Read more

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What exactly is vibrio parahaemolyticus?

What exactly is vibrio parahaemolyticus?

A bacterium: V. Parahaemolyticus is found in warm ocean water and is classically transmitted to humans by eating raw shellfish, especially oysters. The finding of this organism in sea water or shellfish does not at all imply sewage contamination. Because of global warming, oysters harvested as far north as alaska have acquired the organism where in the past it was mostly gulf of mexico shellfish. ...Read more

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Is Vibrio Cholerae Cholera a permanent disease to have? Does it stay and cause continual in the body for life? Does treatment cure Vibrio Cholerae?

Is Vibrio Cholerae Cholera a permanent disease to have? Does it stay and cause continual in the body for life? Does treatment cure Vibrio Cholerae?

Not permanent: Cholera is a diarrheal illness caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. It runs it course over 1-2 weeks, then clears up. The amount of fluid loss through severe diarrhea is what makes it dangerous, but once it clears up, the problem is over. There is no chronic infection and asymptomatic people don't carry V. cholerae. If you are healthy or have recovered from cholera, no worries! ...Read more

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