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Doctor insights on: Anthrax Madhouse

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Who are yersinia pestis most common victims; farmers, campers?

Who are yersinia pestis most common victims; farmers, campers?

Yersinia Pestis: Yersinia pestis is an organism responsible for plague. It is transmitted to humans through a bite of infected rat flea. It is common is campers, hikers, veterinarians. ...Read more

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How rare is rat lungworm in humans in louisiana, usa?

Not common: Good that it is not common in humans in the U.S. It has showed up in hawaii and louisiana. Some of the things it can lead to are serious. ...Read more

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How do public health workers stop a cholera epidemic?

How do public health workers stop a cholera epidemic?

Education: By educating people about avoiding contaminated water and food. ...Read more

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How were polio, smallpox, the bubonic plague, the pneumonic plague, ended?

How were polio, smallpox, the bubonic plague, the pneumonic plague, ended?

Well..: Smallpox ended as a result of an aggressive world wide vaccination program. Polio is essentially gone in the U.S. due to vaccination efforts, but is still a problem worldwide. Bubonic and pneumonic plague are caused by same organism. It is still exists and causes disease. No one knows for sure how the plague in the Middle Ages ended. Possibly quarantine, better hygiene, and warmer climate ...Read more

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Can raccoons in Canada, Ontario have rabies?

Can raccoons in Canada, Ontario have rabies?

Rabies in Canada: Although rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Canada, it is not a major risk. CDC recommends rabies vaccine for only these groups:Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites or other animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).People who will be working with or around animals (wildlife professionals and researchers). ...Read more

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How rare is rat lungworm in louisiana, usa?

Not sure: It has showed up in louisiana and hawaii. But, not that common, as far as i know of. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

Vaccine available: A vaccine is available and you should consult your doctor to determine need for it and your suitability as a recipient. Please note that you are more likely to get hit by lightening than get anthrax from a terrorist attack. ...Read more

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Is Mycobacterium Chelonae contagious from human to human?

Not really: This bug is everywhere in our environment and only people with immune problems typically are affected/ ...Read more

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How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how cholera (vibrio cholerae) attack human body systems?

Can you tell me how cholera (vibrio cholerae) attack human body systems?

Diarrhea/ dehydrates: Cholera is an intestinal bacterial infection by Vibrio cholerae. Contaminated water. Is often the source of infection. It can lead to severe watery diarrhea,dehydration & potentially to death. ...Read more

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We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

Bird mites: I would ask your Dr. there and your vet. So who has the flukes? I you then see your Dr. soon. Which kind of flukes. Tell both your Dr and your vet and ask their advice. ...Read more

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Help! can bacterial meningitis spread from dog to human?

Help! can bacterial meningitis spread from dog to human?

No: There is no evidence that humans contract bacterial meningitis from contact with dogs suffering from meningitis. ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

Not good: For most of the year Beijing has an air pollution index which would be unacceptable in the US. Chinese are willing to put up with it as a sign of progress and the fact that they are earning a living. There will be a burden of disease in the long run which will be tragic. ...Read more

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How can pasteurella pestis breed?

How can pasteurella pestis breed?

In a host: This bacteria responsible for the plague, grows nicely in rats, humans and some other mammals if it gets inside. It feeds upon the tissue of its host and multiplies. It spreads by coughing, insects, direct contact, etc. It does not breed in the way higher animals breed but divides again and again in the right place. ...Read more

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Can humans pet owners catch kennel cough?

Can humans pet owners catch kennel cough?

No: Kennel cough is a very contagious upper respiratory infection found in dogs & caused by canine parainfluenza virus & a bacteria called bordetella bronchispeptica. It is not transmitted to humans. ...Read more