• Question: Although you take precautions when handling harmful bacteria, have you ever been infected by a strain of bacteria as a result of handling it?

    Asked by danrumford to Johnson, Cat, Daz, Holly, Pamela on 17 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Cat O'Connor

      Cat O'Connor answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      Hi Dan,

      I don’t think that I have, but sometimes it’s very hard to tell because you can have asymptomatic infection. Do you know what that is?

      I do have a friend who got infected with Cryptosporidia. Have you ever heard of that? Well it’s not pretty to say the least and she spent two weeks moving between her bed and her bathroom before she started feeling better! She thinks she got it from someone who was working on the lab bench beside her who didn’t have very good aseptic technique!

      What do you think would be the worst thing to be infected with?


    • Photo: Pamela Lithgow

      Pamela Lithgow answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hi Dan,
      I have never worked with any bacteria that would be harmful to me so I haven’t accidentally become infected. Quite often if they think you might get infected by what you are working on you have to have vaccinations and take extra precautions to make sure you don’t get it.
      Hope that helps
      Pam 🙂