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Community Acquired Infections
I recently acquired a mouse problem and have to clean up a lot of it on my own. Whats the risk of lcmv infection & the risks to my baby at 37 weeks?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
As the name implies: Infections that you get while you are in the hospital for a different reason. They are usually more resistant to available treatment (though it may not always be the case). ...Read more
Yes: Any illness that mom experiences during pregnancy that has a "blood" phase (germs circulating in the blood) can pass that to baby. That includes std's(syphillis, aids), viruses like the flu, chickenpox& rubella. After the water breaks, the baby can acquire germs from mothers vaginal tract like group b strep. ...Read more
How could my husband acquire an infection after we had sex last week when we both believe i don’t have it? I have no symptoms. Thanks!
What infection?: There are several infections which can be transmitted sexually when one partner has no symptoms. Women may be long term carriers of several stds without manifestations, and men can also do this to women. ...Read more
I'm having an arthroscopic ACL surgery in a few days; what are my chances of acquiring an infection?
Ask the surgeon: You surgeon keeps up with the hospital statistics on infections. You can also ask him what his personal infection rate is. Talking to your doctors is your best defense against infection as you will need to follow their directions after the procedure. ...Read more
Lots.: There are two types of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) infections: hospital-acquired and community acquired. Both are serious, in that MRSA bacteria are resistant to many types of antibiotics, so treatment options are limited. They are also contagious. Don't fool around with MRSA - see a doctor right away. ...Read more
Universal precaution: Up are to be followed in all hospitals to prevent the spread of infection. ...Read more
Yes.: Yes. But a longer stay in one of the hospital wards would increase the likelihood. Currently, there is a very big push to decrease the number of hospital acquired infections, and the numbers are going down. ...Read more