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Beak And Feather Disease Virus
No: The few people who got vJCD was through eating beef with bone in, from animals fed animal products. ...Read more
Had strep. pneumoniae blood infection, treated. Got imported down feather pillows at same time. Is possible feathers transmitted germ/illness to me?
No association: Strep pneumoniae is a normal bacteria in the environment and carried by healthy people. It isn't caught from pillows, clothing, food, etc. You either were carrying it before you got sick or picked it up from almost anyone you have been around. For sure not from your imported pillows. Hope you've recovered well. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My granddaughter has hand foot and mouth disease. Can adults catch the disease if the immune system is comprised?
YES: Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral illness not to be confused with the cattle illness hoof and mouth. It is contagious and an adult can get it if he or she has not had a previous infection with the virus or if immunosuppressed. It is a self limited illness that only on very rare occasions can cause serious complications . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not a virus: Cjd is not a virus (i.e., no dna or rna). It is called a prion and is thought to be from misfolding of naturally occurring prion protein. We think most prion disease occurs spontaneously although we don't know why. Some is genetic, and rarely it is transmitted from affected people who donate organs or from animals, e.g., mad cow disease. Unknown if environmental sources commonly affect humans. ...Read more
Rabid seagull?: It is VERY unlikely that you could get rabies from a bird. Firstly, most small animals and rodents who are bitten by a rabid predator are usually killed. Secondly, transmission from a small animal with rabies would be via the saliva (seagulls can't really bite). Bats (although technically not a bird) on the other hand, can transmit rabies virus to humans. ...Read more
No: Cjd also known as mad cow disease is considered a prion disease. Prions are a type of infectious protein. Also, cjd has a very long incubation period (50 years) so it is difficult to study. It is believed that it is spread through ingestion of infected protein mainly beef organs. So far studies suggest that it is not transmitted via blood or saliva. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi,I would to know does Epstein barr virus causes blisters on the throat of the skin.is the disease transmitted by blood.
Mono: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is the best known acute clinical manifestation of EBV. IM often begins with malaise, headache, and low-grade fever before development of the more specific signs of tonsillitis and/or pharyngitis, cervical lymph node enlargement and tenderness, and moderate to high fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has norovirus and pets/cuddles a dog can the virus/germs linger on the dogs fur? And can I catch the virus if I pet the dog as well?
Yes: Norovirus can be contagious on fomites for 2-4 hours. ...Read more
How long does Bactria and viruses like salmonella typhi, hep A, hep B , herpes etc. can survive on surfaces like mattresses, blankets, clothes etc.
Varies: Streptococcus pneumonia and strep pyogenes can survive on surfaces such a books, toys cribs for months. Studies show that antibiotic resistant bacteria can survive on hospital fabrics for upto 90days (synthetic fabrics) . Viruses such as adenovirus, herpes virus and polio virus can survive on hard surfaces for upto 8 weeks. Vaccinia and cocackie virus can survive for upto 2 weeks. ...Read more
Is west nile only via mosquito bites, or can you catch it from cleaning up dead birds in your yard or on the street?
Needs a vector: West nile requires a vector (or transmitter). In this case, a mosquito. I am not aware of any evidence suggesting it can be acquired by other means. However, it is wise to use gloves and wash your hands thoroughly when handling any dead animals. ...Read more
If someone has norovirus and pets/cuddles with a dog, is there a chance the virus germs can stay on the dogs fur and be contagious if I pet the dog?
Dog fomites-unlikely: This is what is called a 'fomite' which probably means nothing to you, but the dog is an object which could harbor and then transmit these germs -IN THEORY. Mostly, norovirus attacks cruise ships, where someone who's had diarrhea, opens a door, and the door knob gets these viruses on it. That person who held the dog hopefully cleaned up after a diarrheal BM and didn't contaminate it. Wash the dog! ...Read more
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Does everyone shows symptoms of fifth disease, if they are infected with the b19 human parvovirus?
Yes mild form: Erythema infectiosum , caused by human paravirus 19 ( animal paravirus 19 will not infect humans ), erythematious rash, on face looks like ' slapped cheek' face , mostly self limiting contagious disease. It is called fifth diseases , as it the 5th viral disease rash etc ( other 4 are measels, scarlet fever , rubella, chicken pox ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agree with Dr Diede: Sickle-cell trait & disease is an autosomal recessive inheritance from parents (genetics). Malaria is a parasitic infection. In a person who has sickle-cell trait – the red blood cells are destroyed prematurely before the Plamodium can reproduce. According to one study “Sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life." ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did hepatitis b infect another person through mouth kissing, ?If the other is a chronic carrier ..Im confused as IG mucous contains this virus or not
Silly question- can down feathers in pillows carry germs/diseases that can live/transmit to humans such as streptococcus pneumoniae?
The filling for: pillows (even down or feathers) goes through a sterilization process before being sold. If you are referring to a used pillow that someone else had been using, it would be potentially possible to transmit infection however in the absence of moisture it is unlikely that bacteria like strep pneumoniae would survive long enough to be transmitted. ...Read more
Measels (rubeola).: Measels is a viral infection that is thought to infect humans only. Measles is spread through respiration (contact with fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission), and is highly contagious. Measels can be prevented by childhood vaccination against the virus. ...Read more
Smallpox: There were 2 clinical types of smallpox. Variola minor was less severe than Variola Major. Smallpox from Variola Minor had a death rate of 1% or less. 90% or > unvaccinated smallpox cases fell under the category of “ordinary Smallpox”. The overall fatality rate for Smallpox was 30%. Malignant (AKA flat) Smallpox made up 5 to 10% of cases, was usually fatal & mostly effected children. > ...Read more
Gene therapy: For some genetic diseases, it may be possible to either alter or provide a normal copy of the gene. We do not have the appropriate technology to transfer genes but in nature, viruses do that as part of their lifecycle. In many cases viruses infect cells and inject their genes into the cell. Researchers use this for gene therapy where viruses are geneticly engineered to transmit a normal gene. ...Read more
Dangerous Viruses: Are you referring to most virulent virus, fatal rate without or with treatment or most deaths historically? Dangerous viruses include: Marburg Virus, Ebola Zaire, Hantavirus, H5N1 (Avian Flu), Junin Virus (Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever), Lassa Fever, Crimea – Congo Fever,Machupo virus (Bolivian hemorrhagic fever), Kyasanur Forest Virus (KFD), Rabies, Smallpox & Dengue fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TO.R.C.H infections: Torch is a word composed of the first letters of several infections that can be passed to a fetus during pregnancy. Toxoplasmosis is acquired from uncooked meat or prolonged exposure to spores in kitty litter.Rubella (german measles).Cytomegalovirus( if acquired during pregnancy through community spread) and herpes simplex virus ( type i or ii). All can produce serious problems. ...Read more
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How common is it for mosquitos to transmit diseases such as west nile virus? I'm considering taking a vacation in central america during the summer, and i was wondering whether getting sick while traveling is a very real possibility that I have to worry a
A : A person's risk of contracting west nile is very low, and less than 1% of those infected develop serious illness from the virus. The most high risk population for developing a serious ilness from west nile virus are elderly and those who are immunosupressed. It is important for everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites to minimize the risk of infection. Use a mosquito repellent during your trip. ...Read more
Ebola virus: A recently discovered viral illness from West Africa. Early symptoms 2-21 days after infection-sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat. Some patientsdevelop rash, red eyes, hiccups, chest pains and difficulty breathing and swallowing. It may progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function and sometimes internal and external hemorrhaging & death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible but: It remains to be established.Get a more detailed answer ›
Only for bacteria: Bacteriophages do not cause diseases in people ...Read more
Many: Lots of viruses such as epstein-barr virus are not seasonal so occur all year round but certain viruses occur much more commonly during the summer months including the enteroviruses such as coxsackie virus and the mosquito-borne viruses such as west nile, california encephalitis and dengue viruses. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Viruses aren't really more or less active based on the temperature. However, being overly tired from working in the heat can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick from a virus. That's one reason why it's important to stay well-hydrated and well-rested when working in the heat. ...Read more
It depends: Depending on the illness you are asking about, many babies will be born disease free even if the mother is currently infected. Breastfeeding can also protect babies from viruses via passive antibody protection through the milk. This question really depends on what illness is present. ...Read more
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