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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Elephantiasis (Definition)

Elephantiasis is gross enlargement of limb or areas of the trunk or head. There is abnormal accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues (lymph) causing severe swelling. The skin is usually thickened, cobble stone appearance and may become ulcerated sometimes with fever, chills.Rare disorder mainly in africa casused by parasities. This is related to blockage ...Read more


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Do fleas carry rabies?

Do fleas carry rabies?

Not Rabies: Fleas can carry tapeworms ; murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

NoOnlyAnophelesMoqui: No only Anopheles Mosquitoes transmit Malaria through their bites ...Read more

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Do squirrels carry rabies?

Do squirrels carry rabies?

Almost never: Small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/other.html ...Read more

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Do crabs carry disease?

Do crabs carry disease?

Not typically: Crabs are an infestation, usually, but not always sexually transmitted. The intense itching will usually drive people to seek evaluation and treatment. Scratching of the itch can cause a secondary bacterial skin infection. Contracting any std markedly increased your risk of having other std's, even if the "crabs" don't carry the other disease, you can catch more than one at a time. ...Read more

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Can mosquitos really carry aids?

Can mosquitos really carry aids?

Aids: They can carry the HIV virus but they don't spread it from all the reports i've read. ...Read more

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When do malaria mosquitoes bite humans?

When do malaria mosquitoes bite humans?

Easy: When they are hungry, which is all the time. If you are in an area where malaria is endemic, take the appropriate prophylaxis, where repellent and sleep under repellent impregnated mesh. ...Read more

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Do tapeworms carry illness?

Do tapeworms carry illness?

No known illnesses: Tapeworms themselves are the cause of tapeworm illnesses. As to whether or not tapeworms carry other illnesses, such as disease-causing viruses or bacteria, when tapeworms are transmitted, that is not known. Tapeworm larvae and eggs are living things, so they carry other germs, but diseases from such germs have not been seen. ...Read more

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Why do mosquitoes spread diseases to humans?

They act as vectors.: Mosquitoes can transmit bacteria, viruses & parasites. Mosquitoes can transmit: Dengue Fever, Malaria, Ross River Fever, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, West Nile virus, Dog Heartworm, St. Louis Encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, Japanese Encephalitis,Rift Valley fever, Myiasis, epidemic polyarthritis & Filariasis- Elephantiasis. Throughout the world there are > 1 million deaths from ...Read more

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Can mosquitoes transmit aids like malaria ?

Can mosquitoes transmit aids like   malaria ?

Unlikely: Hiv is a blood-borne and mucosal membrane transmitted disease, but the transmission by mosquitoes is very unlikely since HIV infection requires very high quantities of the infection to truly get someone infected. This is a remote possibility, but i would think it almost impossible. ...Read more

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Do cats carry the pinkeye virus?

Do cats carry the pinkeye virus?

No: Animals and humans have their own viruses and generally we cannot get sick from each other. There are some exceptions to this, but not for pink eye. ...Read more

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Do bedbugs transmit Chagas' disease?

Do bedbugs transmit Chagas' disease?

Unlikely : Check this link for more info http://www.popsci.com/bed-bugs-and-chagas-disease-dont-worry-quite-yet ...Read more

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Can leeches carry hiv?

Can leeches carry hiv?

Probably not: There is no evidence that leeches transmit hiv. However, you can not prove that something never happens, just because it has never happened. The fda regulates leeches as a "single-use" item, not to be re-used, just to make sure that hiv, hepatitis virus, and other potentially infectious diseases are not transmitted from one person to the next. ...Read more

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Do leeches carry any diseases?

Do leeches carry any diseases?

Leeches: Unlike medical maggots which are sterile when delivered, leeches are not. The few physicians that utilize leeches in wound care know that the leeches carry bacteria including one called aeromonas and will empirically place patients on an antibiotic to prevent infection. ...Read more

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What bugs transmit malaria?

What bugs transmit malaria?

Anopheles Mosquitos: It is transmitted by bite of Anpheles Mosquitos ...Read more

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May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

No: Lime disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by infected ticks. That tick must attach and feed on a person long enough that the germ is passed thru the bite. ...Read more

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Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

No: The total population of ticks in any grassy, wodded area could be in the millions. Several published studies on tick populations have shown 25-30% of the ticks were carrying lyme in an endemic area (an area where lyme disease is present). ...Read more

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Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Malaria Mosquitoes: There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of female Anopheles mosquitoes act as a vector for Malaria. The mosquito would need to be infected with one of the species of malaria parasites. ...Read more

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Do all wild rats carry disease that humans can contract?

Do all wild rats carry disease that humans can contract?

Potentially: Have not actually checked all the rats (particularly the human ones), but most of these are in possession of organisms which may produce human disease. The manner in which you contact the critters will determine whether transmission is feasible. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Filariasis (Definition)

Lymphatic filiarisis is a parasitic infection of the lymph system. The parasitic worm is spread by mosquito bites in the tropical areas of asia, africa and other places. The worm blocks the lymph flow which then causes swelling (typically of legs and pelvic areas) you need to live in infected areas a long time to catch this, tourists are not at risk. It is ...Read more