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Can a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic for years?

Can a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic for years?

Yes: The fungus had previously affected only people with weakened immune systems.

It is absorbed through the lungs and the symptoms of infection, which can appear two to several months after exposure, can include chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever and a cough lasting weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Could a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic and last for years?

Could a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic and last for years?

No: Cryptococcal disease is a very rare disease that can affect the lungs (pneumonia) and nervous system (causing meningitis and focal brain lesions called cryptococcomas) in humans. The main complication of lung infection is respiratory failure. Central nervous system infection may lead to hydrocephalus, seizures and focal neurological deficit. Formerly known as cryptococcus neoformans. ...Read more

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Can m.R.I. Or n.M.R. Scan detect all prevailing infections in the human body?

Can m.R.I. Or n.M.R. Scan detect all prevailing infections in the human body?

MRI Scans: Mri scans are performed on isolated parts of the body for specific reasons. If a physician is concerned for brain, spine or joint infections, than a targed MRI is a great test. It would never be used to screen a whole body. It would take hours and be very expensive. As an example, a brain MRI takes about 45 minutes. A total spine MRI takes up to 2.5 hours. ...Read more

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Can dogs spread infections to humans?

Can dogs spread infections to humans?

A zoonosis: Is an infection spread from a animal to man. The most classical dog zoonosis is rabies. This is rare in the usa but capnocytophaga (a bacterium) can be spread by a bite. Leptospirosis is another canine zoonosis. ...Read more

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What are pathogenic and non-pathogenic diptheroids when it comes to infections in humans?

What are pathogenic and non-pathogenic diptheroids when it comes to infections in humans?

Diphtheria: Luckily in the Western world, we have greatly reduced the incidence of diphtheria. The disease is still found in some parts of the world- ie Africa, parts of Asia. The bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae is the type species for the disease diphtheria. Whether or not this bacterium has the toxin producing disease is the key question. A microbiological lab can analyze this and help guide treatment ...Read more

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Can disease or infection be transferred if involved in sex acts from human to animal or vice versa?

Can disease or infection be transferred if involved in sex acts from human to animal or vice versa?

Although not: A particularly long list - some infections may be transmitted. Zoophilia is a paraphilia. It is harmful to the human perpetrator and to the animal who is victimized. ...Read more

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What caused the first aids infections in straight humans?

What caused the first aids infections in straight humans?

Sex and drugs: Straight people can get infected by sharing needles or through sex. Women can be infected through vaginal or anal sex with an infected male partner. Straight men can get infected through sex with women, especially if they're uncircumcized and/or have genital ulcers. Straight men can also get infected by having sex with men, since "straight" describes orientation, not behavior. ...Read more

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What infections (viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

What infections (viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

Unlikely: Most organisms are species specific and so a dog with an infected eye will not have a species that will transfer to humans. There are a few cross overs like rabies that can affect any mammal. ...Read more

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Ii got bit by a human 2 weeks ago through clothes. Now I got a lump? Is that normal? How do I know if its a infection? Its just the lump that wories

Depends...: At two weeks, I doubt that there is an infection, though it is possible. It is more likely a hematoma (collection of blood) that should resolve on its own. If it enlarges or is painful, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I get a staph infection or MRSA from my cat? Do all humans carry staph on skin?

MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contaminated and colonized from the cat, but whether or not you become infected will depend upon multiple different factors. ...Read more

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My rabbit has fungal infection. Ringworm. Does it spread to humans?? Is it zoonois?? How can I prevent that?? What r d odds of me getting it frm him?

My rabbit has fungal infection. Ringworm. Does it spread to humans?? Is it zoonois?? How can I prevent that?? What r d odds of me getting it frm him?

Stop googling!: Yes ringworm spreads from animals to humans. It's hard to give the odds not knowing your contact with your rabbit but I wouldn't be surprised. Just watch for skin changes and likely can start with otc treatment if caught early. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes respiratory infection in humans?

Viruses: Viruses are the #1 cause. Bacteria can also cause respiratory infections. Rarely there are parasites and fungi that can infect the lungs as well. ...Read more

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How can the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

How can the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Malaria vs WNV: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world. West Nile Virus has been detected in Culex, Anopheles, Culiseta, Deinocerites, Psorophora, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Uranotaenia & Aedes mosquitoes. But the most common carriers are Culex & Aedes. Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. There are about 3, 500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Can you tell me how the way in which humans become infection with malaria and west nile virus differ?

Malaria vs WNV: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world. West Nile Virus has been detected in Culex, Anopheles, Culiseta, Deinocerites, Psorophora, Mansonia, Coquillettidia, Uranotaenia & Aedes mosquitoes. But the most common carriers are Culex & Aedes. Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. There are about 3, 500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of ...Read more

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If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

Below: The body may "fight off the infection".

First you need to know if the flea ingested was infected.
And because you swallowed it, that is now impossible.

Perhaps the animal the flea came from could be checked for fleas and that would give more information. ...Read more

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What sort of parasitic infection can be found in the human eyes?

What sort of parasitic infection can be found in the human eyes?

Many: There are number of parasites that have been found in eyes. Fortunately, this is a rare occurence in the U.S. A few of the more common ones are toxocara canis, the dog roundworm, histoplasma, a fungus endemic in the ohio river valley and toxocara, a protozoan, passed to fetuses from mothers who handle cats during pregnancy. ...Read more

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