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Doctor insights on: Toxoplasmosis Soil Contaminated Produce

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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

An infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more


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Can Lasa virus be killed through contaminated cooking food?

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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Can toxoplasmosis be transmitted by inhaling cats poop?

Can toxoplasmosis be transmitted by inhaling cats poop?

If cat infected: Toxoplasmosis is a common parasite found in cats and spread by fecal material. It is harmless to non pregnant humans, but can affect the baby. Therefore, pregnant women should not change cat litter. Petting and grooming cats is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis be contracted rainwater?

Can toxoplasmosis be contracted rainwater?

Not unless infected: Rain water can not pass toxoplasmosis to any one except if it is collected and gets contaminated with cats feces, which is very very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can uncured hot dogs contain listeria?

Can uncured hot dogs contain listeria?

Yes: Listeriosis is a food borne illness caused by the listeria bacteria. Wash your hands after you handle hot dogs. Avoid cross-contaminating fluid from hot dogs packages with utensils or food prep surfaces. Ensure that hot dogs or luncheon meats you eat have been reheated to the point that they are steaming hot. Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses; and mexican-style cheeses. Avoid eating >. ...Read more

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Could anthrax spread by consuming cooked infected meat?

Could anthrax spread by consuming cooked infected meat?

Not if well cooked.: Anthrax spores are harder to kill than usual bacteria. However, if the meat was well done, it not likely to be infective. ...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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Does the disease leptospirosis transferred from rat feces?

Does the disease leptospirosis transferred from rat feces?

No, Rodent urine: Leptospirosis is maintained in nature by chronic kidney infection of rodents and other small mammal resevoirs. These animals may be infected at birth and excrete leptospires continuously throughout life. Human infection occurs through direct or indirect contact with urine or tissues of infected animals. Indirect contact with contaminated water or soil causes the majority of cases. ...Read more

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Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause toxoplasmosis?

Can't exclude possib: Cat litter contains cat droppings which harbor oocytes of toxoplasma gondii. These take about 7 -10 days to mature to an infective form for humans. Usually you get the disease by contaminating your hands and transferring the organism to your mouth by swallowing food, etc. Certainly not impossible to inhale and swallow organisms but not sure how one would prove this. ...Read more

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Does inhaling the dust of cat faeces cause toxoplasmosis?

Does inhaling the dust of cat faeces cause toxoplasmosis?

It can.: If you are pregnant, stay away from cats and their feces. Also avoid undercooked meats and unpasteurized dairy products. ...Read more

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Can accidentally inhaling cat litter cause infection?

Can accidentally inhaling cat litter cause infection?

Yes.: If you actually got particulate in your lung you certainly may develop a pneumonia or at least a pneumonitis. If you are just breathing the fumes i think you have little chance of contracting q fever. On the other hand, ingestion could carry salmonella, toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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Can salmonella contaminate your garbage disposal?

Can salmonella contaminate your garbage disposal?

Yes: The drain, and plug of kitchen sink can get quite funky. Studies confirm high bacterial counts (comparable to a toilet) no reason to think disposal any "cleaner". Disinfect: run cold water for several minutes; pour 1- 2 cups of chlorine bleach into drain, let sit for 10m, hot water for 2m; disposal?: turn it on during flush. 2x/wk. Clean out debris daily; plug in dishwasher; liquid soap. ...Read more

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Can HIV virus survive in water?

Can HIV virus survive in water?

Why do you ask?: One thing we know is that people simply don't get HIV infections from swimming pools. Stop worrying. During the bad years when there was no treatment, not a single household contact of an AIDS patients became infected without sex. Live richly and don't let unrealistic fears stop you from doing the things that you love. ...Read more