If You Eat From A Former Spoon Or Plate That Has Been Licked In The Cat’s Saliva, Can It Get Worms?

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… if a spoon or plate is hit by a lick or a cat’s saliva … then the spoon enters a human’s mouth … can a human get worms?

1 Answer:

Hi Diki,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Need to be clarified, whether the cat is well groomed and well controlled?

Cats that are well cared for and vaccinated as needed are not always dangerous. In cats like this, the potential for transmitting disease to humans who are close to them is often very small.

However, if the cat you are referring to is a stray cat or a cat that does not get regular health checks and care, then using a spoon contaminated with cat's saliva can be dangerous, why is that?

One disease that is feared from contact with cats is toxoplasmosis. This disease occurs due to the parasitic infection of Toxoplasma gondii. Eggs from this parasite can be found in many cat feces. If the cat has a habit of licking his anus (which has the potential to contain T. gondii parasitic eggs), then it is most likely that the saliva that they release still contains the intended parasitic egg. Furthermore, if a spoon containing saliva that has been contaminated with parasitic eggs is used to eat without being cleaned properly, then humans are at risk of contracting it.

Not only toxoplasmosis, various types of other pathogenic microorganisms, including worms, viruses, bacteria, etc. are also potentially present in cat's saliva. Therefore, the answer to your question is whether a person who eats using a spoon that has been contaminated with cat's saliva is at risk for worms, the answer can be.

To prevent transmission of the disease, before eating, make sure the eating utensils that you use are clean. Also make sure that the food and drinks you consume are cooked in a clean way until they are cooked to perfection.

Hope this helps ...

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