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Can You Die From Being Sick With Dengue Fever
I'm coming back from being sick with a respiratory bug to an office full of people who have the stomach flu. How can I prevent getting sick with this?
EBV and health: Most adult people have been infected with ebv at some point in their life. Therefore, it is very common to find antibodies to the virus, evidence of past infection. Actually carrying the virus is very rare and is associated with a rare form of lymphoma (lymph node cancer). ...Read more
24-48 hours: The symptoms will usually start 24-48 hours after exposure. ...Read more
Can you get the flu on the summer? Also can you have the flu even if you don't have a fever? (I rarely get fever unless I'm very sick)
My roommate who has just returned from abroad is suffering from acute dengue. Do I have any risk of being prone to disease from him?
Dengue fever: No. The dengue disease is not contagious.It does not spread from person to person. It only spreads by the bite of infected mosquito. ...Read more
Can you get sick by being near a sick person who is merely talking or exhaling, and what if they don't appear to be sick yet, but are carrying germs?
Highly unlikely: There are many types of infections: bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. Most of these can't spread through the air. Some bacteria and viruses may spread through the air but usually from the sick person coughing or sneezing, not just breathing. We are all exposed to many germs in our environment every day. The main determinant as to whether we get sick is our immunity/resistance. See comment: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, i heard about cases like that. If you have concerns about swine flu make sure you vaccinate yourself if you do not have contraindications and once your child is eligible do the same to him/her. Breast feeding may help as well to prevent if you received vaccine. Current general flu vaccine contains also swine flu virus to my knowledge. ...Read more
Can you get zika from infected saliva?14 wks pregnant and may have come in contact with someone with it as they were bit by mosquitoes in el salvador.
Yes (well... maybe): It's 2/2016, still early in our knowledge of Zika transmission. We know it can be transmitted through having sex, but nobody knows exactly what that means. People don't just insert a penis into a vagina, squirt semen, and leave. So, when the scientists say "transmitted through sex", we have to be cautious and presume that getting things like saliva into our bodies may transmit Zika to us. Be safe! ...Read more
Perfection: All drugs and vaccines are studied for their efficacy by working in majority of people, not in 100% of people, and not perfect. For example, flu vaccine works in 85% of people to protect them from flu, or if they still contract flu, it makes the symptoms milder. It also only works for the flu being vaccinated for and for a few months of that year. So, there is no perfect vaccine or med for all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will being around and hugging someone who has strep throat cause me to get it or scarlet fever worried can't take antibiotics cause allergies ?
Possible: This depends on level of contact.For that germ, just being around them and or coming in contact does not pass the germ.You need to have contact with their oral mucous in some form. If you kiss/share drinks/ or they slobber all over the room and you fail to wash hands after touching something they contaminate, you might be exposed.Regular hand washing/sanitizing can help you avoid illness. ...Read more
I have a donated organ, can I be more susceptible to complications caused by the west nile virus?
How long can an elderly person live after first getting symptoms of dlb? Do they die with it or from dementia like that?
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