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It sounds that you have excess and unreasonable fear due to your OCD to me.
First of all it does not make sense to me that the SPCA would be depositing waste from dogs to a bin used for drop off items for Goodwill?? That to me does not add up --- ???
Worm eggs may be present in the soil where cats and dogs defecate potentially. Humans do not usually tend to contract worm infestations. Some species require fecal oral transmission. Some species can access the skin such as if you walk barefoot in contaminated areas.
You should not need worry as to tracking eggs on your clothes or shoes. You wash your clothes...you keep shoes on the floor. You would not seem to have any unusual risk of contracting or transmitting any parasitic infection.
I think that your worry is much more a factor of OCD rather than a realistic reason to worry. You sound that you are already connected to a psychiatrist . Anxiety meds usually help vs OCD and counseling may help you in this regard as well. The health anxiety type issue is a common theme in OCD. There is this tendency to WORRY about one or more issues to the exclusion of other more realistic concerns!
If you should develop any clinical signs of a GI infection then it may be tested and treated. You are not likely at all to need this!
I hope that this information is helpful for you.Let me know if you have further questions or concerns.I will be happy to get back with you.If my answers have been helpful and to your satisfaction then please remember to leave positive feedback.Thank you and Best Regards,
Anthony Bray MD
You and everyone else has probably had some contact with work eggs in your shoes at some time. It probably was not dropping off anything at that shrimp site. If the SPCA drops off bags containing animal waste then these would be CONTAINED in the bags.
I think that you need not worry about your alumni canvas bag. NO -- DO NOT WARN OTHERS THAT YOU MAY HAVE CONTAMINATED THEM WITH WORK EGGS!! That should NOT be the case at all. That is only a great way to get yourself ostracized !!!
Not a good idea in any sense!!
Your worry is a product of your imagination here. You imagine worm eggs . You and anyone else may be exposed in our environment to parasitic infections and bacteria and viral infections but the circumstances that you specify here are not the concern.
There is not any valid reason to suspect that you or anyone else was exposed to a parasitic infection based on your history.
I hope that this is helpful for you.Let me know if you have further questions that I have not addressed . I will be happy to get back with you.Best regards,