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Ate raw oysters and got sick, is this toxoplasmosis?

Ate raw oysters and got sick, is this toxoplasmosis?

No: You get toxo from undercooked meat, not oysters. You can get enteric infections (infectious diarrhea) or hepatitis a from oysters. ...Read more

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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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And can we get hepatitis b by eating raw seafood like cockles, mussels, etc?

And can we get hepatitis b by eating raw seafood like cockles, mussels, etc?

No: Hep a yes, but not hepb which is blood-borne ie sexual contact, IV drugs, etc.. ...Read more

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If i'm going grocery shopping and i get stuff like chicken (raw) and ground beef. Any germs like salmonella, e coli, or any other germs from raw meat on my hands?

If i'm going grocery shopping and i get stuff like chicken (raw) and ground beef. Any germs like salmonella, e coli, or any other germs from raw meat on my hands?

Likely: Handling and washing raw animal products is likely to get the germs on your hands and surroundings. See this site for food safety. http://www.tnstate.edu/agriculture/documents/safe%20food%20handling.pdf. ...Read more

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Assuming the sprout i bought is contaminated with salmonella or toxigenic ecoli,etc. Will cooking sprouts kill them? Is the risk only in raw eating?

Assuming the sprout i bought is contaminated with salmonella or toxigenic ecoli,etc. Will cooking sprouts kill them? Is the risk only in raw eating?

Raw Risk: Make sure you get your sprouts from a trusted source. If sprouts are exposed to animal fertilizers or unsanitary hands, you are at risk of contracting food poisoning. Cold water washing sometimes isn't enough to wash the bacteria off and cooking is your only way to kill these bacteria. ...Read more

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Why don't people?Get food poisoning by eating sushi if its raw fish?

Why don't people?Get food poisoning by eating sushi if its raw fish?

Sushi contamination: People can get food poisoning from any fish that isn't fresh, just like they can get it from any food left out too long. Raw fish can also carry parasites, like raw meat can. That's why we learned to cook foods, one has to presume. Just googling sushi safety brings up salmonella and botulism reports. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/10/27/2-investigators-is-your-sushi-safe/. ...Read more

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Can ecoli and listeria survive outside food/refrigeration?

Can ecoli and listeria survive outside food/refrigeration?

Yes: These bacteria can survive on counters and away from obvious food sources. A guide for listeria prevention can be found here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/listeria/prevention.Html and for e. Coli prevention, look here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ecoli/general/index.Html/#prevent more specific info is searchable on the cdc website. ...Read more

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Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

No: Food poisoning refers to contamination of food leading typically to diarrhea and abdominal pain. Stomach flu refers to mild viral illness with a predominance of similar symptoms of abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These may not be easily distinguished clinically. ...Read more

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India for a business trip, how to avoid food poisoning? my colleagues got sick from chain hotels and famous restaurants. what to eat?cooked veggie?

India for a business trip, how to avoid food poisoning? my colleagues got sick from chain hotels and famous restaurants. what to eat?cooked veggie?

Food poisoning: OK..first..make sure your hepatitis A vaccine has taken and you have antibodies. Second, wash your hands religiously. If possible drink bottled water. With drinks....no ice..because they are usually from tap water. Lastly...stay away from public waterways, rivers and lakes. Just have a good time and be cautious, you'll be fine! ...Read more

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How easy are parasites transferred from dogs to humans? I pet a bunch of strays in Jamaica, and now I'm sick and paranoid.

How easy are parasites transferred from dogs to humans? I pet a bunch of strays in Jamaica,  and now I'm sick and paranoid.

It is from stool: This means you have to eat it or put fecal contaminated objects into your mouth. This also means certain soils contaminated with ova (eggs) or parasites. If you only petted a stray and are a good hand washer then your risk is low. Dogs (especially strays) in developing countries can be dangerous for various reasons so be cautious in the future. If having intestinal problems get your stool tested ...Read more

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Can seniors get sick from listeria from queso fresco or other soft cheese?

Can seniors get sick from listeria from queso fresco or other soft cheese?

Yes: Listeriosis occurs primarily in the elderly, in immunocompromised hosts and during pregnancy. Quest fresco, made from unpasteurized milk, is one vehicle for the infection. ...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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11 weeks pregnant. Can I get listeria from eating foods that touched raw veggies? I removed lettuce and tomato from a sandwich I ordered and ate rest

11 weeks pregnant. Can I get listeria from eating foods that touched raw veggies? I removed lettuce and tomato from a sandwich I ordered and ate rest

Listeria: Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults. Do not drink unpasteurized milk. Do not eat soft or fresh cheeses. Do not eat deli meats or hot dogs unless they are reheated until steaming hot. Diet during pregnancy should include several servings of fruits and vegetables. Wash them before you eat them. ...Read more

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How to avoid contracting food poisioning from Restaurants and Takeaways ?

How to avoid contracting food poisioning from Restaurants and Takeaways ?

Wrong forum: There is no answer to this question other than not to eat in such places. Perhaps you can contact your public health officials where you live for a list of questionable places in your community. ...Read more

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How are a stomach virus and food poisoning different?

How are a stomach virus and food poisoning different?

Stomach virus is one: Form of food poisoning. There are many causes of food poisoning and each has different symptoms. Consult this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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How long does Bactria and viruses like salmonella typhi, hep A, hep B , herpes etc. can survive on surfaces like mattresses, blankets, clothes etc.

How long does Bactria and viruses like salmonella typhi, hep A, hep B , herpes etc. can survive on surfaces like mattresses, blankets, clothes etc.

Varies: Streptococcus pneumonia and strep pyogenes can survive on surfaces such a books, toys cribs for months. Studies show that antibiotic resistant bacteria can survive on hospital fabrics for upto 90days (synthetic fabrics) . Viruses such as adenovirus, herpes virus and polio virus can survive on hard surfaces for upto 8 weeks. Vaccinia and cocackie virus can survive for upto 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Can irradiation get rid off food poisoning from e. Coli and salmonella?

Can irradiation get rid off food poisoning from e. Coli and salmonella?

Yes: Irradiating food can stop e. Coli and salmonella, two bacterial causes of food poisoning from contaminated meat and poultry. The bacteria shigella and campylobacter, plus the parasite toxoplasma, can also be stopped by irradiation of food. ...Read more

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