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Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis Statistics
I just got over epidemic keratoconjunctivitis and my spouse now has it. Can I catch it again so soon?
Conjunctivitis: The two names are sometimes used inter changeably. ...Read more
Yes!: Specifically, type 2 diabetes. Anywhere in the world where a "western diet" (high in carbohydrates and fat) has been introduced, rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity are increasing significantly. This even occurs in some populations where type 2 diabetes was never heard of before this type of diet came to town! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies by diseases: It varies among illnesses and is hard to predict in individual people. A general rough estimate is that a person is contagious for seven days after the symptoms appear or at least one day after all symptoms are gone, whichever is longer. ...Read more
Either is correct: Either definition is likely correct. An epidemic occurs when the incidence rate (i.e. New cases in a given human population, during a given period) of a certain disease substantially exceeds what is "expected, " based on recent experience. A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, like a continent. Thus, both are likely correct. ...Read more
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Do you think ebola might have already mutated into airborne given how bad the epidemic is? If not, how likely will it become airborne soon?
Unlikely: Airborn transmission is a way for viruses to spread without direct contact. These are the strategy of viruses that attack the throat and lungs. The irritation sets up coughing and sneezing which spreads the virus. Ebola spreads by direct contact and does not cause coughing. So its very unlikely that it will evolve into something that behaves this way. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Human tech pollution: I don't believe it is an epidemic. An epidemic to me means that there could be a contagious component. While obesity is at extreme levels and on the rise;it's the result of new technologies:overabundance of food, ease of consuming food and lack of physical activity due to advances of sedentary occupations. All of these monumental changes in our environment happened too quickly for mankind to adapt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epidemic/ Pandemic: An epidemic occurs when there are new cases of an infectious disease in a population over a period of time with greater incident rate than expected. An epidemic can grow into a pandemic when that infectious diseases affects an even larger area/population over a certain period of time (such as multiple continents or worldwide). There is currently an Ebola Zaire epidemic in West Africa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New sub-subtype: Generally, a new subtype of virus appears that people have little or no immunity or protection against. Because so many people are vulnerable, the virus spreads easily through sneezing or coughing if an airborne disease, or through intimate contact if a blood-borne disease. A disease that has been absent from a population for some time may also cause an outbreak. ...Read more
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