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What increases my risk for infections?

Environment, animals, and a lack of hygiene can affect your risk for infections. Frequent hand-washing, for example, can minimize the spread of many infections. Living in a developing area or interacting with rural animals and uncooked or unclean food can increase your risk for infections. Parasites can contaminate water or live within a host animal. If you were to eat the host animal without thoroughly cooking it first, the parasite could still live and be passed on to you.

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