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Can I donate blood if I have had typhoid?

Q: I have had typhoid fever. However, I have been tested and I am not a carrier. Can I donate blood?

— Rebecca Lacoursiere via website

A: Typhoid is a food- and water-borne disease and a carrier sheds the infective organism in the stools and urine, not in blood. If the infection is active and you have symptoms of typhoid or if you are on treatment for the same, do not donate blood. However, since you have been treated for typhoid in the past and are cured now, it is safe for you to donate blood.

Also, in general, it is not advisable to donate blood if you are unwell or have any physical complaint.

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