Is it contagious and is Christmas cancelled?
December 20, 2013 4:03 PM Subscribe
The person my mom lives with has a gastrointestinal virus or some such thing. He is still symptomatic. My mom does not have it, but is she contagious? Gross-ish detail to follow.
posted by kitcat to Grab Bag (17 answers total)
I'm torn about this because my mom tends to exaggerate. I think it has to be some foodborne thing rather than a virus mainly because my mom doesn't have it and she says he ate some raw-ish beef, but I don't know if those illnesses are contagious...
Dude has...bloody diarrhea (to tranlsate, maybe a little bit of blood in stool for a day or so). And cramping. No throwing up. For about 7 days or so at this point (let's say 4 days). I don't know how bad it is now but apparently he is still symptomatic. The doctor was afraid he could have Norwalk virus, but tests have come back negative, along with everything else they tested him for. No idea if it's bacterial or virus. He was diagnosed with an ulcer recently. He got results back from a colonoscopy recently, so if there was something wrong there I would know.
My mom's not sick, but what are the chances she is contagious? If so, we'll have to postpone our Sunday Christmas celebration. There are small kids involved.