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What are the symptoms of a prion disease? Prion disease?

What are the symptoms of a prion disease? Prion disease?

Multiple diseases: Prion diseases included a number of disorders. The most prominent, cjd, causes, dementia, ataxia, weird painful sensations, seizures, wasting etc. For more information please consult the following site. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/prions/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lime disease from ticks?

What are the symptoms of lime disease from ticks?

See details: The initial symptoms are those of a flu-like illness: fevers, muscle aching, etc. Untreated lyme disease then can cause involvement of the heart, nervous system and joints that begin even months or years after the bite. ...Read more

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Eye of the tiger- rare form of Parkinson's disease?

Eye of the tiger- rare form of Parkinson's disease?

Eye of the tiger: the eye of the tiger is a term for a finding on MRI of the brain. It is related to an illness that is similar to Parkinsons, which tends to affect young men. It is not Parkinsons however. For this condition you may wish to ask for someone to evaluate your MRI films carefully to confirm this finding. ...Read more

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Are diseases like HIV and hepatitis spread only by carriers of the disease?

Are diseases like HIV and hepatitis spread only by carriers of the disease?

Basically Yes: Hiv & hepatitis c are transmitted by contact with an infected persons blood. No blood = no transmission. However, if you handle an item that has their blood on it, then you are at risk. ...Read more

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How common are cases of chagas disease originating from bites in the USA?

How common are cases of chagas disease originating from bites in the USA?

Not very common: As your question suggests, most cases in the United States originated in Latin America with individuals having become infected as children. The parasitic infection is transmitted by the kissing bug, Triatomine, biting near the eyes or mouth. Chagas is a reportable disease in only 4 states in the US, including Texas. A very small number, 10 or fewer, of cases have been reported as locally acquired. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics responsible for the mutation of bird flu and mad cow disease?

Are antibiotics responsible for the mutation of bird flu and mad cow disease?

No: There is no evidence that antibiotics have anything to do with viral mutations, particularly influenza which is known to mutate regularly long before antibiotics were used. Mad cow disease is caused by a prion, and this is too complicated to discuss here. But it is not in any way related to antibiotics. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chagas' disease?

What sort of disease is chagas' disease?

Parasite: Parasite spread by insects primarily in south america. Can cause problems later in life in digestive and cardiac disease. ...Read more

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How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

Health Department: Usually suspected outbreaks of foodborne illness are reported to the local health department who can then carry out an investigation. Sometimes health care providers make the report, sometimes the general public does. ...Read more

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How are causes and onsets of symptoms of huntington's disease different from those of pku and tay sacks disease?

How are causes and onsets of symptoms of huntington's disease different from those of pku and tay sacks disease?

Too broad a question: There are all inherited disorders with the common issue of neurologic impairment, hd in adults, pku and ts in children. The neurologic damage in pku can be prevented with diet, but there is no treatment for hd and ts. Tests are available to detect carrier status in all of these. ...Read more

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What are the carriers of contagious disease?

What are the carriers of contagious disease?

Complicated: That depends upon which infectious disease to which you are referring. It may be through blood, inhaled droplets, sexual contact, and so on and so on. Be more specific about the illness and the question could be answered more precisely. ...Read more

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What are the main modes of transmission of infectious diseases?

What are the main modes of transmission of infectious diseases?

Really variable: Please let us know the particular disease so that we can provide you with that information. Can re-ask. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chagas disease?

What are the symptoms of chagas disease?

See below: Acute phase: no symptoms or nonspecific fever syndrome. Chronic phase: no symptoms (40-50%), cardiomyopathy with congestive failure (10-25%), esophagopathy and colonopathy (5-10%), peripheral neuropathy,meningoencephalitis. ...Read more

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What are the effects of swine fever or pneumonic plague ?

What are the effects of swine fever or pneumonic plague ?

Swine fever?: I guess you are talking about the epidemic variant H1N1 influenza from several years ago. The mortality rate of pneumonic plague is usually over 50% and can be almost 100% if untreated. The mortality rate from that epidemic influenza was probably way under 1%. ...Read more

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What kind of disease is polio disease?

What kind of disease is polio disease?

Flu-like symptoms of: sore throat, fever, nausea & vomiting in some, but infection with any serotype of poliovirus may not cause any symptoms in an immune-competent person. If the virus causes meningitis, add headache, stiff/sore neck & back, lethargy & risk of paralysis of the legs & other muscles including the diaphragm. I've seen kids die of poliomyelitis & other vaccine-preventable illnesses. I may see it again. ...Read more

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What's the incidence (how widespread is the disease) of cryptosporidiosis?

What's the incidence (how widespread is the disease) of cryptosporidiosis?

See below: Cryptosporidium is found world wide except in antartica. Only 2426 to 3793 cases per year were reported in the usa from 1995-2002. The number of reported cases increased to 8000 per year from 2005-2007. Estimates suggest that more than 300, 000 persons in the usa are affected each year. The difference is caused by the underuse of diagnostic tests and underreporting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of legionella pneumonia disease?

What are the symptoms of legionella pneumonia disease?

Fever and cough: Like all pneumonias the initial symptoms are cough, high fever and malaise. There may or may not be sputum formation early. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is creutzfeldt-jacob disease (c.J.D.)?

What sort of disease is creutzfeldt-jacob disease (c.J.D.)?

A prion disease: Cjd is caused by infection/exposure to an abnormal form of the prion protein (pp). The abnormal form of pp is a completely bent out of shape version of the normal pp . This abnormal shape is very hard for the protein to change to spontaneously, but this can happen (1 in a million people). Once changed the abnormal pp changes other pp's and so on as the disease rapidly spreads/kills the brain. ...Read more

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What are the risks of untreated Lyme disease?

What are the risks of untreated Lyme disease?

Heart, nerves, joint: The major issues are cardiac, neurological and arthritic complications if lyme is untreated. These include such things as heart inflammation, meningitis and joint inflammation among numerous other complications. ...Read more

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Can down feather pillows give any diseases since it's from birds? New couch with down pillows and throat has lump and feel body aches

Can down feather pillows give any diseases since it's from birds? New couch with down pillows and throat has lump and feel body aches

Allergies: Hello, normally people do not get any issues with feather pillows, because these feathers are treated. But if you have allergies to birds or feathers. You can still get some reaction to it. ...Read more

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I accidentally touched bird droppings today, can I get any disease from that?

I accidentally touched bird droppings today, can I get any disease from that?

Probably not.: Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. If the species of bird is known, that might provide more information. ...Read more

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Can bird mites cause diseases in humans ?

Can bird mites cause diseases in humans ?

Bird Mites: No bird mites (ornithonyssus sylviarum, dermanyssus gallinae) don't normally transmit diseases to humans but can be in a real pain in the butt (& elsewhere) take care. ...Read more

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We have a rainbow lorrikeet. I have a daughter with Crohn's disease, just wondering if she could catch something from the bird. We keep it indoors?

We have a rainbow lorrikeet. I have a daughter with Crohn's disease, just wondering if she could catch something from the bird. We keep it indoors?

Little or no risk: Birds can carry certain infections that can be more dangerous in persons with severe immune deficiencies, but these are rare. Crohn's disease itself is not likely to increase the risk, but this could be an issue if she is receiving potent immune suppressing drugs. The usual drugs to treat Crohn's don't cause this degree of immune suppression, but check with her doctor if you remain uncertain. ...Read more

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How does chronic Lyme disease interact with avian tuberculosis?

How does chronic Lyme disease interact with avian tuberculosis?

Explanation : They do not communicate wth each other!! Each of these diseases have different presentation in patient's body. If two of any conditions coexist at the same time, severely of each of it may be worse, but not necessarily. Both of them are bacterial infection and should be treated with antibiotics. And cured! ...Read more

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What is the real cause of the death of millions of birds> is it due to bird flu? And cows, is it due to mad cow disease?

What is the real cause of the death of millions of birds> is it due to bird flu? And cows, is it due to mad cow disease?

THIS IS A SITE: For human medical questions, but I am sure if there is a vet among us, they will be happy to take a stab at this one... ...Read more

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Are antibiotics responsible for the mutation of bird flu and mad cow disease?

No: There is no evidence that antibiotics have anything to do with viral mutations, particularly influenza which is known to mutate regularly long before antibiotics were used. Mad cow disease is caused by a prion, and this is too complicated to discuss here. But it is not in any way related to antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have heart disease diabetes and hypertension and I have bird mites I am trying home remedies but still infested do I need to see a doctor?

I have heart disease diabetes and hypertension and I have bird mites I am trying home remedies but still infested do I need to see a doctor?

Skin lesion: Not sure from your question what kind of lesion you have. Is it really bird mite infestation?. If some thing not getting better with your home remedies needs preofessional help. ...Read more

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I think I might be allergic to my parrot bird. What remedies can I use or how can I confirm this?

I think I might be allergic to my parrot bird. What remedies can I use or how can I confirm this?

Possible: Yes it is possible to be allergic to your Parrot. This can be tested by taking a sample of the bird's stool and feathers to your GP who will then send you and the samples to a laboratory to have you tested.
Also recommend that you wear a mask when cleaning the cage. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pneumonitis gotten from a bird?

What are the symptoms of pneumonitis gotten from a bird?

Multiple: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is inflammation of the lungs due to breathing in a foreign substance, usually certain types of dust, fungus, or molds. Symptoms of acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis may occur 4 - 6 hours after you have left the area where the foreign substance is found. Symptoms may include: chills, cough, fever, malaise, shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a pet bird and a baby in the same home?

Is it safe to have a pet bird and a baby in the same home?

Yes: Healthy birds & babies can easily share the same home. Proper hygenic practices (handwashing etc. ) are needed in the care of both. I would confine the bird to an aviary or cage with limited overlap in their activities. Be aware that babies, infants or todlers do not understand the frail nature of some pet birds and some will not tolerate an inquisitive poke or touch without biting baby hard. ...Read more

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How to cure a bird phobia?

How to cure a bird phobia?

Phobia: Phobia is irrational fear, and cognitive behavioral therapy is a good way to deal with it , in addition some people may need to take medication also. So seeing a therapist first and if medication needed , seeing u pcp. ...Read more

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What causes Avian Flu?

What causes Avian Flu?

Influenza virus: There are many strains (family members) of influenza virus all over the world. Some strains affect animals and others humans. When a strain that "normally" infects animals develops the ability to infect humans, that is potentially dangerous because humans may have never had to fight off (become immune to) that strain. The "avian flu strains" come from birds. Swine flu strains came from pigs. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Avian Flu?

What are the risk factors for Avian Flu?

Birds: Avian flu is caused by influenza viruses that mostly live in certain types of birds and make them sick. Very rarely such strains of flu virus will infect humans and make them sick. When such strains are found, the bird flock is usually killed. The area of the world, the person's nearness to sick birds and the strength of the person's immune system are all important factors in a person's risk. ...Read more

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Latest treatment for bird shot retinitis?

Latest treatment for bird shot retinitis?

Retinochoroidopathy: Birdshot retinochoroidopathy is an uncommon chronic posterior uveitis. It should be followed by a specialist. Treatment is focused on reducing inflammation. This can be done with steroids or cyclosporine with or without ketoconazole. Other agents tried include mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine, methotrexate, and daclizumab. Please see the doctor for appropriate treatment and follow-up. ...Read more