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Niemann-Pick: Incidence of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C – estimate 1/150, 000. Incidence of Niemann-Pick Disease types A & B – 1/250, 000. However, the number can be significantly higher is specific populations.
Mosquitoes: Deadly for the mosquito or for you? Please clarify.
Who knows?: Literally, the who (world health organization) probably knows. Conventional wisdom says periodontal (gum) disease is #1. Surely the common cold must rank up there. I suspect degenerative arthritis is high on the list if you include all age groups. As a cardiologist, I would put chagas disease on the cardiac list worldwide though very rare in the usa, thankfully
See CDC website: Too many to name here...I suggest that you contact the center for disease control...They will have common listings for you. You might also reference the merk manual.
I would say so: The majority of kids will have this before school age and have blood evidence of prior infections by the time they are teens. I see a case every month in the office and others are labeled during a phone call to the office. Rarely (once every few years) I see kids pass it to their parents who must have missed it as a kid.
"Lockjaw" starts 1st: spasms of face & neck, with drooling, difficulty swallowing/breathing. Spasms progress to entire body, with arched back & neck. They last a few minutes, but are relentlessly repetitive for 3-4 weeks (if patient lives that long) & strong enough to break bones or suffocate the patient Systemic signs include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, sweating, nervous system dysfunction & death.
It is an infection.: Chagas disease occurs mainly in South America but can also occur in the United States. Trypanosoma cruzi is the name of the parasite that causes the disease. The parasites are transmitted between animals and humans by triatomine bugs (also known as kissing bugs). The disease primarily affects the heart, esophagus and colon.
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