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Chickenpox Infectious Diseases
In my country, it is not advisable for immunisations if baby has a contact with infectious diseases such as chickenpox within a month. Why is that so?
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Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
Chicken pox: It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?
Confusing question: You state you were vaccinated for shingles as a baby, but the vaccine was not licensed for use in the us until 1995, making you 10 before it was available.A single dose at 10 would give 85% protection rate, so having chickenpox later would not be unusual.Either way you could develop shingles in your lifetime, but it is most common in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the actual differences between infectious diseases and contagious disease? Any answers appreciated!
Contagious disease: By definition - contagious means you're liable to 'catch' something from someone else. I think of 'the flu', chickenpox, 'meningitis' as good examples of that. (So always good to practice hygiene!). Whereas infectious diseases encompasses all that PLUS other diseases caused by 'germs' that may not necessarily be contagious: for example those deadly amoeba that kill kids every summer, Lyme dz etc. ...Read more
It's Inevitable!: Just as certain as the sun rising from the east, new infectious diseases will evolve because of the innate drive for any organism to survive, based on the environmental pressures it has to overcome. This is the basis of how susceptible organisms become resistant to certain antibiotics. Additionally, as we explore different areas in the world , we will expose ourselves to new diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: An infectious disease is caused by microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Infectious diseases can affect almost every organ in the body. Examples are boils, abscesses, influenza, colds, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, amoebic dysentery, hiv/aids, malaria, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis etc. Etc. All other diseases would be non-infectious diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Transmission: Infectious diseases are caused by transmission of organisms: person to person contact (kissing, sexual intercourse), bites/scratches from animals or insects or contaminated food or water. Some of the culprits include: viruses, bacteria, parasites (like protozoa or worms), fungi or prions. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is an example of a viral infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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