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Could leprosy mutate into a deadlier disease, resisitant to current vaccines?

Could leprosy mutate into a deadlier disease, resisitant to current vaccines?

Agree w Dr. Novick: Vaccine is in development at this time. Currently there have been no cases of leprosy which are resistant to multi-drug tx. Multi-drug therapy for multibacillary leprosy is usually Dapsone, Rifampicin & Clorazime. Other antibiotics can be used. Fewer antibiotics may be used for other forms of leprosy. Multi-drug therapy continues to be an effective treatment for leprosy. ...Read more

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Can leprosy mutate into a deadlier disease, resisitant to current vaccines?

BCG has been used : in attempts to vaccinate against leprosy but isn't that effective. More specific vaccines are in development. At this point, leprosy has consistently responded to multi-drug therapy which for multibacillary leprosy is usually Dapsone, Rifampicin & Clorazime. Other antibiotics can be used. This is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind and appears to remain steady in it's form. ...Read more

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Can deer tick cause death in human -hamptons new york?

Can deer tick cause death in human  -hamptons new york?

Very unlikely: It sounds as if you are worried about lyme disease. Deer ticks are potential carriers of lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Lyme disease can cause very disabling permanent effects; death has been reported, but would be unusual. Anaplasmosis and babesiosis would not be considered deadly. Here is a link to centers of disease control on lyme: http://www.Cdc.Gov/lyme/. ...Read more

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How common are ascaris lumbricodes in the us? I travelled to singapore recently

How common are ascaris lumbricodes in the us? I travelled to singapore recently

Not common in US: Per the cdc ascariasis lumbricoides is uncommon in the United States. Per the cdc "an estimated 807-1, 221 million people in the world are infected with ascaris lumbricoides". ...Read more

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Has there been any cases recorded where clostridium tetani infected human with tetanus by eating food? Thanks

Has there been any cases recorded where clostridium tetani infected human with tetanus by eating food? Thanks

Don't know of any : Cases from clostridium tetani. However it can happen with clostridium botulism. See this article: http://www.Ncbi.Nim.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001624/ ** infant botulism can occur with raw honey or corn syrup. Home canned foods can be contaminated with it. ...Read more

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What are the chances that walking the dogs i will likely catch Lyme disease from deer tick in montauck, hamptons new york this time around?May thru au

What are the chances that walking the dogs i will likely catch Lyme disease from deer tick in montauck, hamptons new york this time around?May thru au

Risky: There are a lot of infected ticks in the hamptons. Dogs than run trough fields can collect ticks and pass them on to you. See my response on lyme prevention for ways to protect yourself. ...Read more

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What is protocol for suspicion of tick bite in heavy deer and dog tick areas of new england?

What is protocol for suspicion of tick bite in heavy deer and dog tick areas of new england?

Look for body ticks: Symptoms of tick borne illness are varied depending on the tick vector and diseases carried. If you see any attached ticks and do not know how long they have been attached or any rashes, severe headaches, joint or muscle aches, neck stiffness or are just worried, see you primary doctor for a physical exam and lab testing asap. ...Read more

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Cleaning after a heavy deer mice infestation in the Northeast. Using N-95 with partial seal and neoprene disposable gloves. Likelihood of hantavirus?

Cleaning after a heavy deer mice infestation in the Northeast. Using N-95 with partial seal and neoprene disposable gloves. Likelihood of hantavirus?

Small.: Deer mice are widespread throughout the U.S. and about 20% carry hantavirus. Hantavirus is carried into the lungs by dust & dirt particles which an N-95 is about 90% effective in blocking out. Only a few strains of hantavirus cause HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.) The virus is killed quickly by sunlight exposure. You took the right precautions & are unlikely to get sick from HPS. ...Read more

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How post scabies manifested? Are there new rashes, new white head pimples, crawling?

How post scabies manifested? Are there new rashes, new white head pimples, crawling?

Infected scabies : Sorry your question is not clear . Yes scabies can get infected . New pimples would probably be a different thing , Irrespective of that antibiotics would be needed . ...Read more

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New generic drug for tuberculosis in india ?

New generic drug for tuberculosis in india ?

See below:: India’s drug patent laws is being challenged in the country’s supreme court by the drug company novartis. If the challenge is successful it will restrict access of developing countries to generic drugs like those for tb. The law is strict against "evergreening" --keeps drugs out of the reach of generic manufacturers, and therefore, out of those who can't afford the "brand" name product. ...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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Safe way to get a used needle out of biohazard container? Need the one they used for my injection to analyze needle contamination (microbes, viruses)

Safe way to get a used needle out of biohazard container? Need the one they used for my injection to analyze needle contamination (microbes, viruses)

Contamination: Don't do this. Once in that container it may well have been contaminated by other materials within the container, and the very reason these containers are used is to prevent you from being inadvertently exposed to the pathogens that may be within them. Analyzing the flora on the needle will be grossly misleading and an inappropriate means of data collection. ...Read more

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Why don't European countries ban air travel to prevent the spread of Ebola?

Why don't European countries ban air travel to prevent the spread of Ebola?

Ebola: At the height of the recent large Ebola outbreak - some European airlines did stop flights to some West African countries temporarily. ...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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