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Disease spread by smell??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 16, 2006
  • 00:02 AM


My dog ate something from outside and had diarrhea in the bedroom in about 5 places. I have cleaned it up of course, but it still smells really bad as I have unsealed bare wood floors and it has soaked in.

A friend suggested I do not sleep in there until the smell has gone as I could contact some unpleasant disease from airborne grollies because of the smell.

I seriously doubt it is possible but cannot find anything on the topic so far searching the web. I have tried "airborne diseases" but get about a zillion hits for Legionnaire's disease.

Anyone have some research sites that cover just smelly situations??

Thanks in advance


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  • Smell has nothing to do with disease. Some diseases are spread through the air, but you have to inhale/ingest the bug itself to get the infection. If you've cleaned up the mess, the risk of infection is almost non-existent, even if there's still an odor in the air. If you were going to get sick from something the dog had it would be when you cleaned up the mess, not from breathing it in days later. If you used some type of cleaner to mop up the mess you most likely killed whatever bugs were present. Odors are harder to elimate however. Good luck!
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    • December 18, 2006
    • 10:03 PM
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