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Is tetanus caused by a bacteria?

Is tetanus caused by a bacteria?

Yes: Tetanus is triggered by invasion of a wound by spores (egg like structures) of a bacteria called clostridium tetani.The bacteria germinates and begins to produce a toxin that may remain localized or spread thru the body. This toxin produces the symptoms of tetanus. ...Read more

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Dr. Ricardo Maselli
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Botulinum Poisoning (Definition)

An severe illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nerves and can paralyze muscles for a while. ...Read more


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Is influenza caused by a coronavirus?

Is influenza caused by a coronavirus?

Coronavirus: can be cause of common cold, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome. However, I don't believe it is responsible for influenza. Hopefully, another provider will be able to confirm my later statement. ...Read more

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Is cholera caused only by the bacterium vibrio?

Is cholera caused only by the bacterium vibrio?

Yes: Vibrio cholerae is the cause of human cholera. Fowl cholera and swine cholera are not human diseases and caused by different pathogens. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia caused by a bacteria?

Is pneumonia caused by a bacteria?

Bacterial: pneumonia is, obviously, caused by bacteria. But there are a number of other causes of pneomonia, such as viral and fungal etiologies. Chemical, dust, and other inhaled or aspirated substances can also cause a non-infectious pneumonitis. ...Read more

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Bipolar is caused by what?

Bipolar is caused by what?

Parental expectation: In addition to the "genetic" component and imbalanced chemicals in the brain, some bipolar patients had parents who had unrealistic expectations of them and "broke their hearts" by appearing to love them more for what they could accomplish than for who they were. "conditional love" hurts and sometimes the price paid by the often talented child will be difficulty following through on "achieving.". ...Read more

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Is food poisoning normally caused by bacteria?

Is food poisoning normally caused by bacteria?

Bugs and toxins: Bacteria and preformed bacterial toxins such as staphylococcus toxin and botulinum toxin. Bacteria are the commonest cause. ...Read more

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Is giardiasis caused by a parasite?

Is giardiasis caused by a parasite?

Yes: The infective form (cyst) of the parasite is expelled in the waste of the carrier human or animal & makes it into water. It is microscopic and often present in wadeing pools, ponds, on diaper changing tables, etc. A contaminated hand or drink may then carry it into the mouth where it begin its life cycle again, traveling to the intestines to live & reproduce. ...Read more

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Is amblyopia caused by trauma?

Is amblyopia caused by trauma?

Generally NO: Amblyopia is usually a developmental problem however if an eye injury is bad enough to change the vision in a young child and a clear image is not restored then amblyopia may result. ...Read more

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Is the disease elephantiasis caused by an eubacterium, roundworm, or virus?

Is the disease elephantiasis caused by an eubacterium, roundworm, or virus?

Roundworm: Wucharia bancrofti is a typical cause of elephantiasis but in the us chronic lymph edema from venous disease which can look like elephantiasis is much more common. ...Read more

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What disease is caused by the smallpox virus?

What disease is caused by the smallpox virus?

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

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Is heart disease caused by a parasite?

Is heart disease caused by a parasite?

Chagas' disease : Which is more endemic to south america. ...Read more

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Is brain cancer caused by a virus?

Is brain cancer caused by a virus?

Brain cancer...: Occurs more frequently in hiv-infected individuals, but most types of brain cancer have not been definitely tied to viruses. ...Read more

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How common is encephalitis caused by vaccine allergy?

How common is encephalitis caused by vaccine allergy?

Exceedingly rare: Extraordinarily rare. In fact, almost unheard of in the literature, vaers reporting system or medical studies involving vaccinations. ...Read more

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Which diseases are caused by bacillus botulinum?

Which diseases are caused by bacillus botulinum?

Botulism: The name you've been assigned to look up has been out of date since before I was in med school. It's Clostridium botulinum. Botulism toxin is as deadly as any poison you'll find, and can be acquired preformed in food, or develop in an infected wound, or rarely be formed in the gut -- especially in a baby fed raw honey. ...Read more

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The mts-bacterial meningitis in infants is usually caused by what?

The mts-bacterial meningitis in infants is usually caused by what?

Neonatal meningitis: Ecoli and group b streptococcus are the two most common causes of meningitis in infants. Women are now screened during pregnancy to see if they are carriers and if a women is screen positive she is give antibacterial agents during delivery to prevent infection in her baby and herself. Less commonly, staphylococcus, enterococcus & listeria occur. Neisseria meningitis (seen in adults) is rare. ...Read more

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Is sinusitis caused by bacteria?

Is sinusitis caused by bacteria?

Frequently: Most sinus infections start with nasal membrane swelling from allergy or a virus, then go onto a bacterial sinusitis within 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

See answer below: Botulinum neurotoxins essentially prevent the release of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) in the synaptic cleft, thus preventing the trigger of muscle contraction. The paralysis in the skeletal muscle lasts for about 3 months. It lasts up to 9-12 months if used in the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Strength eventually returns when new connections are created between the nerves and the muscles. ...Read more

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I was concerned because I wasn't sure if an open store bought spghetti sauce can cause botulism ?

I was concerned because I wasn't sure if an open store bought spghetti sauce can cause botulism ?

No: Botulism is rare, but if concerned follow these rules for commercially or home-canned foods: throw out foods that are discolored, moldy, or smell bad. Do not use products that spurt liquid or foam when the container is opened. Do not use if the container is leaking, bulging or swollen, looks damaged or cracked or seems abnormal in appearance. ...Read more

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How does honey cause botulism?

How does honey cause botulism?

Intestinal growth: Spores of clostridium botulinum bacteria can be found in honey. When a child less than a year old ingests these spores they may not move them through the GI tract fast enough to prevent them from growing in the tract. When the bacteria begins to grow in the infant's intestinal tract it creates a toxin that leads to botulism. ...Read more

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Is there anything from the grocery store that might cause botulism nowadays?

Is there anything from the grocery store that might cause botulism nowadays?

Raw Honey: Honey can be contaminated with botulinus. Under 1 year old kids should avoid this completely. ...Read more

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Can putting silverware in the freezer can cause botulism?

Can putting silverware in the freezer can cause botulism?

Botulinum toxin: Is not denatured by heating cooking or microwaving. The baceria, corynbacteria botulinum may be killed, but not the toxin. And you cannot freeze kill the toxin either. ...Read more

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Can18 months baby eats honey,friend told me that honey may cause fatal botulism before 24 months,safe after 1 or 2 years?

Can18 months baby eats honey,friend told me that honey may cause fatal botulism before 24 months,safe after 1 or 2 years?

Safe after age 1: The prime issue is the ability of botulinum spores to germinate and elaborate toxin in the infant gut. As they get past a year of age the variation in diet and advancing maturity of the gut seem to cancel out this risk. ...Read more

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What is botulism?

What is botulism?

Botulism explained: Botulism is a condition that develops due to a toxin that is released by a bug when it is ingested with food. Once absorbed, this toxin paralyses the nerves causing facial and limb paralysis and can be life-threatening at times. Treatment requires hospitalisation and close monitoring. Avoiding contaminated food products is the best preventive strategy. ...Read more

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Can botulism recur?

Can botulism recur?

Yes: It is caused by a nerve toxin produced from certain bacteria usually from contaminated food or improperly processed canned foods. It can lead to paralysis if untreated. Unfortunately immunity does not necessarily develop. To be safe, canned foods with bulging lids should be thrown out as well as any bulging containers. Or if food has an usual smell it should not be eaten and thrown out as well. ...Read more

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How can you get botulism?

Food & wounds: Botulism is caused by a toxin made by the c. Botulinum bacteria. In adults, botulism is usually caused by eating contaminated food (improperly prepared canned or fermented foods) or when a wound gets contaminated by the bacteria. Infant botulism can happen in the first year of life--risk factors include eating honey and exposure to contaminated soil. ...Read more

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Can botulism be dangerous?

Can botulism be dangerous?

Yes: It is extremely dangerous and can kill. Get seen asap if you think you are infected. ...Read more

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How can a baby get botulism?

How can a baby get botulism?

No honey for infants: Most cases of botulism happen in infancy, and the spores of the clostridium bacteria produce a toxin that can be found in canned foods and honey, so that's why we don't recommend giving honey to babies less than a year old. ...Read more

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How is botulism transmitted?

Toxin: Usually from toxin; which is present in tinned food. ...Read more

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What are the tests for botulism?

BOTULISM: Tests are: clinical plus lab identification of toxin clostridium botulinum. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of botulism?

What are the symptoms of botulism?

BOTULISM: The sx are:nausea, vomiting , abdominal cramps and lbm precedes neurologic sx of cranial nerves and descending paralysis. Wound botulism has no GI sx. Infant cases has constipation 90 percent, then paralysis. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have botulism?

Weakness: Botulism is a lack of muscle control caused by the toxin the bacteria secretes. This toxin is the same one used in tny quantities to remove wrinkles and treat spastic cerebral palsy, but if from an infection is released in quantities that can stop most voluntary muscle activity, most especially control of breathing. This is life-threatening and requires immed therapy to prevent paralysis, death ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I have botulism?

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Call or visit: poison control center in your area, check the number in the phone directory or on the net, good luck ...Read more