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How deadly is West Nile virus untreated?

How deadly is West Nile virus untreated?

Only 1% have severe: sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of neck, high fever, confusion & weakness. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


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What causes an influenza epidemic?

What causes an influenza epidemic?

Epidemic/ pandemic: Per the CDC "An influenza pandemic can occur when a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and then spreads globally. " See: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/ ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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How prevalent is west nile disease right now?

CDC: The cdc keeps close tabs on this virus. Most people who get it aren't symptomatic and will never realize they had it. 1% get a severe neuroinvasive version requiring hospitalization. It has been reported in almost every state. In your state of louisiana there have been 4 neuroinvasive cases of west nile this year. http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html. ...Read more

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Is mumps contagious?

Is mumps contagious?

Yes: The mumps virus is contagious to unimmunized people. The disease is not curable currently with any drug and has potentially serious complications such as encephalitis and orchitis. ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis spred by kissing?

Is viral hepatitis spred by kissing?

No: Unless you both happen to be bleeding at the same time, or it is a non traditional virus like epstein barr (mono). ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Yes: Types a and e are spread fecal-orally. B, c, and d spread thru blood and body fluids. ...Read more

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Is diabetes considered an epidemic worldwide?

Is diabetes considered an epidemic worldwide?

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 more

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Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Kissing: Epstein barr virus the cause of mononucleosis is spread by kissing. Once you are infected you shead virus in your saliva for 18 months, long after you've recovered. ...Read more

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Parotid gland abscess treatment in children?

Hospitalization: This is often treated with incision and drainage with accompanying intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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Primary symptoms of typhoid , measeles, influenza.

Primary symptoms of typhoid , measeles, influenza.

Way too much for 400: Characters or less. Check these sites. Measles: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/measles.Html. Thphoid: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002308/. Influenza: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/flu.Html. Seek medical care if you are trying to diagnose your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is rabies more prevalent in third world countries?

Is rabies more prevalent in third world countries?

YES: These countries may have less access to the vaccine, and fewer pets are vaccinated against it. ...Read more

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Is mono more prevalent in developed countries or under-developed countries?

Is mono more prevalent in developed countries or under-developed countries?

Mononucleosis: Mono, called the kissing disease. The virus transmitted through saliva, thusly by kissing, you can also be exposed through a cough, asneeze, by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono in underdeveloped countries, people are exposed to the virus in early childhood, they aren't likely to develop noticeable symptoms. In developed countries exposure is delayed to young adult life. ...Read more

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Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Yes: Any active viral illness may shed contagious particles in the saliva.Those causing tonsillitis are usually acquired through some chance contact with such material. ...Read more

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How are humans infected by west nile virus?

How are humans infected by west nile virus?

Mosquito bite: West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne infection that originated in the tropics. It causes a flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected . It causes neuroinvasive disease in ...Read more

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Is strep throat preventable?

Is strep throat preventable?

It depends.: Generally, a strep throat occurs as a result of the overgrowth of bacteria lining your tonsils. A strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics. A once in a blue moon infection does not have any reasonable or necessary preventable means except keeping good oral hygiene. Chronic or recurring strep throat however may lead to removal of the tonsils which does prevent future infections. ...Read more

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How contagious is meningococcal menintitis?

How  contagious is meningococcal menintitis?

Very: Meningococcal meningitis is usually transmitted by airborne droplets. Isolation with masks, gloves and gowns are required for contact with infected patients. ...Read more