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Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Soil born spores: Anthrax spores are soil born. They can be ingested by herbivor mammals. These mammals can subsequently be eaten by carnivorous mammals. People can come in contact with infected hides or meat. Animal outbreaks are most often seen in undeveloped countries. ...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 come a cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

How come a cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

Vaxchora: “Vaxchora is a live, attenuated vaccine. The V. choleraevaccine strain in Vaxchora produces an incomplete, nontoxic version of the cholera toxin. Vaxchora replicates in the gastrointestinal tract.” REF: https://www.paxvaxconnect.com/vaxchora?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=vaxchora&utm_campaign=HCP%20Brand ...Read more

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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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What are some common genera of pathogenic bacteria that have no species found in the human body naturally? Borrelia? Brucella? Yersinia? Mycoplasma?

What are some common genera of pathogenic bacteria that have no species found in the human body naturally?  Borrelia? Brucella? Yersinia? Mycoplasma?

The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, you are assuming we know all the community of species of bacteria in the body (aka. The microbiome). Recently, we have discovered thousands of genera in our body through molecular techniques (most don't even have a name yet). Though it's tempting to generalize, the question you pose can't be answered with any reliability with what we know today. ...Read more

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Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

Guano (bird poop): Bird poop (or guano) is usually a nuisance more than a health risk, there can be a risk of disease transmission, especially for those with weakened immune systems. Clean up with soap and hot water whenever you have contact with bird droppings. The guano does not present more problems if left for more time on the furniture. ...Read more

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Are victims of mesothelioma all industrial workers?

Are victims of mesothelioma all industrial workers?

No,in fact the focus: On asbestos exposure, while likely causative, is not always clearly identified in many cases of mesothelioma. Also, spouses laudering and living with such a worker, occasional develop the disease, when the worker does not. The lead time from exposure to disease may be 30 years. While we have an answer, we surely do not have all the answers. ...Read more

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Why does the cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

Why does the cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

Both!: The recipient of the vaccine develops antibodies to the toxin and the bacteria. The most common vaccine in use today contains killed whole cells and fragments of the toxin. The vaccine acts by inducing antibodies against both the bacterial components and the toxin! ...Read more

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Can all fleas potentially carry the plague bacteria?

Can all fleas potentially carry the plague bacteria?

No: Only fleas which have been exposed to rats or other animals infected with the plague bacteria (Yersinia pestis) can transmit it to humans. Y. pestis colonizes the flea's gut, replicates, and blocks the flea's gut. The fleas then feed voraciously, regurgitating the bacteria into the bite. Only a few organisms are required to pass on the infection. Most cases have been in in CA, AZ, NM, & CO. ...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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Are parasites contagious from human to human?

Are parasites contagious from human to human?

Depends: There are many kinds of parasites. Most are not transmitted from person to person, but some are. Giardiasis and amebiasis can be transmitted from person to person, usually during sex when there is oral-fecal or oral-anal contact. Pinworms are easily transmitted within households, especially among children. Skin parasites such as scabies and crab lice are also transmitted from person to person. ...Read more

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What potentially deadly organism can be in undercooked hot dogs?

What potentially deadly organism can be in undercooked hot dogs?

Listeria: Listeria can cause stillbirth in some cases. There are other organisms also. Therefore, one should always follow directions in cooking hot dogs, buy from known sources if already cooked or, even better, find a healthier food. Please see my guide on healthy eating. The link in in the comments below this answer. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could permethrin spry kill all types of bugs in the mattress?

Thoughts? Could permethrin spry kill all types of bugs in the mattress?

No - it won't.: First off, don't spray mattresses with pesticide (unless label specifies that it can be safely done). Second, many bed bugs are resistant to pyrethroid pesticides. ...Read more

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Where did scabies come from? Where did scabies originally come from? Has their host always been primarily humans or can they live in the wild? .

Where did scabies come from? Where did scabies originally come from?  Has their host always been primarily humans or can they live in the wild?

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Hard to know: Scabies infestation has plagued mankind for thousands of years. We have skin mites normally on our bodies which we are not aware of, the "dust mite" until we get allergies. There are mites that live on other animals eg. Scabetic mange of dogs. Normally these do not live on people. Mites must have a living animal as their host as their eggs dry out after awhile and are no longer infectious. ...Read more

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Could there be naturally occuring anthrax bacteria in our towns and cities?

Could there be naturally occuring anthrax bacteria in our towns and cities?

Anthrax: Animals can get anthrax by ingesting anthrax spores from the soil. Anthrax in animals occurs worldwide but can be controlled by vaccination of animals. In recent years, anthrax has been reported among animals in many countries, and is especially common in parts of africa, asia, and the middle east. It occurs much less frequently in the United States, because animal health and inspection programs. ...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 health risks of geese feces? What are the danger of playing in geese feces infested area?

What are the health risks of geese feces? What are the danger of playing in geese feces infested area?

Like : Like other animals, feces from geese contain high levels of bacteria. Some of the bacteria commonly living in bird feces are harmful to humans. These include strains of e. Coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and listeria. Avian influenza could also be spread through this route, but this has not been observed on a large scale to date. Infections contracted from geese typically cause severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Severe cases can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, septic shock, and death. Flocks of geese can leave impressive amounts of feces in the ponds and lakes they frequent, and lead to high bacterial levels in the water. Splashing, wading, swimming, or drinking contaminated water can lead to infections. It is wise to avoid playing in areas with large numbers of geese or their feces. ...Read more

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Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Soil born spores: Anthrax spores are soil born. They can be ingested by herbivor mammals. These mammals can subsequently be eaten by carnivorous mammals. People can come in contact with infected hides or meat. Animal outbreaks are most often seen in undeveloped countries. ...Read more

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What is anthrax?

What is anthrax?

Bacterial infection: Infectious disease caused by bacteria called bacillus anthracis. Called woolsorter's disease because those at highest risk work around hoofed animals such as sheep, cattle, goats. Infection in humans most often involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, or lungs. Can be treated with certain antibiotics. Can be fatal if not treated. ...Read more

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Is anthrax severe?

Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How is anthrax transmitted?

Air-borne: Anthrax is an air-borne illness. These spores can live in sheeps wool and get into the body by inhalation. ...Read more

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Is anthrax a serious health risk?

Few Cases/ Serious: There are very few cases of anthrax - however infection wth anthrax is a serious healh problem with a high fatality rate for GI & inhalational anthrax. ...Read more

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Where can anthrax still be found?

Where can anthrax still be found?

Soil/ mammals: Bacillus anthracis spores can be found in soil. Mammals can be impacted. Anthrax outbreaks in animals are more often seen in undeveloped nations. However, anthrax has been found on all continents (even antarctica!). ...Read more

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How can anthrax (disease) survive?

Spores: The bacteria can encase themselves in a very touch coat that makes them basically indestructable. They can stay in the soil for centuries. ...Read more

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What are the ways to diagnose anthrax?

Id in smear/culture: Lab testing can identify the germ in blood smears/spinal fluid/abdominal fluid or from blood cultures. Specimines are obtained before abx & placed on appropriate media for growth & identification. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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What symptoms of anthrax are the most common?

Lung, skin, GI: Skin anthrax presents an ulcer and is the least dangerous. Gi anthrax causes bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain etc. Inhalational anthrax is the most serious and causes cough, blood sputum, fever, shortness of breath. Note that once symptoms of lung infection appear, treatment is usually not effective and infection causes rapid death! ...Read more

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How many different types of anthrax are there?

How many different types of anthrax are there?

1 germ/3-4 forms: There is one anthrax germ that produces human illness based on how it enters the body. Inhaled spores can produce pulmonary anthrax (terrorist act), eating raw meat or dairy from infected animals can produce mouth & throat or gastrointestinal anthrax.Spores that are scratched into the skin surface can produce a skin sore.See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how anthrax attack and spread ?

See below: Anthrax is a bacterial infection. The germs form spores and be present in soil or animal hides for years. Natural spread is through inhalation of spores with resulting pneumonia and high mortality. Skin infection occurs through abrasion in the skin. Eating undercooked meat of infected animals causes Castro-intestinal infection. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/anthrax/ ...Read more

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How does the transmission of anthrax takes place?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! it is know for its potential to be used in terrorism (2001) as dried spores sent thru the mail infected some people with pulmonary anthrax. You can get skin anthrax from contact with spores ( from soil) & you can get GI anthrax by eating raw meat or dairy from contaminated animals. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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What occurs if your body were exposed to anthrax?

Route of exposure: If anthrax spores are introduced into the skin, it causes a local sore and ulcer and mortality is limited. Eating contaminate meat causes gastro-intestinal infection with appreciable mortality. Inhalation of spores causes the most severe disease by affecting the lungs. See this site for more info. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Anthrax?

What is the definition or description of: Anthrax?

Anthrax: Bacillus microbe that is highly resistant to extreme environmental states. Commonly occurs in livestock industry and has military potential in a weaponized state. Leads to eschar formation on skin as large black area of dead flesh. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of people get anthrax in year?

What country & is: There an outbreak? Which form of anthrax? You can review this by country, year and anthrax type through cdc. For instance, btwn 1979 &1985 there were > 10, 000 case of anthrax (primarily cutaneous) in zimbabwe. To date there are 11 known cases of pulmonary anthrax in the us. The stats differ greatly depending on location, type and particular year. ...Read more

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What systems and or organs does the anthrax powder attack ?

Anthrax: What are the types of anthrax infection? Anthrax infection can occur in three forms: cutaneous (skin), inhalation, and gastrointestinal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the rate at which anthrax kills a population?

Different forms of: Anthrax infection. Mortality rate for skin acquired untreated anthrax is 10 to 20 % but very low w antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is 50 to 90 % even w antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for gastrointestinal anthrax is about 50 % w antibiotic therapy. If meningitis occurs w anthrax infection it is usually fatal. ...Read more