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Can you get sick from handling a cadaver?

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Can you get sick from handling a cadaver?

Postby Winter » Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:15 pm

Ok, this might seem like a really dumb question, but I hope you"ll all excuse that fact.

What I want to know is whether it's possible to catch a communicable disease (AIDs for example) by dissecting a cadaver.

I've heard of people getting Ebola from other people who have just died from the disease.

Someone told me that the cadavers that are used in med schools are preserved in formaldehyde. I am aware of that, but I was wondering if you could still somehow get sick, like if it was possible for the body to still harbor bacteria or viruses.

thanx!
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Postby Poison » Sat Jul 09, 2005 7:13 pm

I don't have an exact info but that seemed not possible to me. Because, microbes cannot live for so long (if they can not find food or host) . Furthermore, cadavers are stored in formaldehyde.
I haven't dissected a cadaver but as much as I know, when you cut it, no blood-like substance come out. And this is another fact that doesn't convince me for catching a disease.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:38 am

I would agree with Poison
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