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How common is it for mosquitos to transmit diseases such as west nile virus? I'm considering taking a vacation in central america during the summer, and I was wondering whether getting sick while traveling is a very real possibility that I have to worry a

How common is it for mosquitos to transmit diseases such as west nile virus? I'm considering taking a vacation in central america during the summer, and I was wondering whether getting sick while traveling is a very real possibility that I have to worry a

A: A person's risk of contracting west nile is very low, and less than 1% of those infected develop serious illness from the virus. The most high risk population for developing a serious ilness from west nile virus are elderly and those who are immunosupressed.
It is important for everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites to minimize the risk of infection. Use a mosquito repellent during your trip. ...Read more

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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Are things like malaria and West Nile virus a worry in the midwest?

Are things like malaria and West Nile virus a worry in the midwest?

No; Yes: Malaria used to be a terrible problem in much of the Midwest but is gone now thanks mostly to mosquito abatement. West Nile is still a rare but real danger. Protect yourself from mosquitoes as best you can. Best wishes ...Read more

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In which countries in the Americas do I have to worry about Zika virus from mosquito bites?

In which countries in the Americas do I have to worry about Zika virus from mosquito bites?

22 countries:: As of Jan 27, 2016, these countries have Zika virus transmission in the Americas:

Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
Saint Martin
Suriname
U.S. Virgin Islands
Venezuela ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I did a rapid test one year after the possible exposure to the virus and the results are negative. Should I be worry and get another test?

Hi doctor, I did a rapid test one year after the possible exposure to the virus and the results are negative. Should I be worry and get another test?

Result is conclusive: The standard HIV antibody blood tests, including rapid tests, are virtually 100% reliable any time more than 6-8 weeks (or 3 months for the oral fluids test). Therefore, your negative result is conclusive. See a doctor if you remain worried or have symptoms that concern you, but you can be confident they're not due to HIV. ...Read more

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My child has a fever that won't go away, but the doctor says its just a virus. Do I need to worry its something else?

My child has a fever that won't go away, but the doctor says its just a virus. Do I need to worry its something else?

Yes: This is not a question that can be answered without a physical exam. If you are concerned that something else could be the cause of the fever, your baby must be reexamined. ...Read more

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I've recently received rabies treatment and will soon be working in a kindergarden. Should I worry about increased exposure to viruses and influenza?

I've recently received rabies treatment and will soon be working in a kindergarden. Should I worry about increased exposure to viruses and influenza?

No: The rabies treatments do not usually contain any immune suppressive medications, so you are not at any greater risk than anyone else for contracting an illness at work. However, proper hand hygiene and use of hand sanitizer is a must when working closely with 5- year olds! Thanks for help caring for and teaching the kids! ...Read more

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Can you catch a virus from smelling vomit from a distance? There was some kinx of sour smell in the office that I share, I don't know what it is I worry

Can you catch a virus from smelling vomit from a distance? There was some kinx of sour smell in the office that I share, I don't know what it is I worry

Little or no risk: Norovirus, the cause of most brief gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea ("stomach flu"), can be caught by people in the same room while someone is vomiting. However, just smelling vomit from some previous time is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My girlfriend did the first dose of HPV gardasil vaccination, the vaccination is consist of dead viruses right? So nothing to worry about?

My girlfriend did the first dose of HPV gardasil vaccination, the vaccination is consist of dead viruses right? So nothing to worry about?

Gardasil is not made: From actual viruses at all. It is made from recombinant viral-like particles, so if you are worried about transmission of the virus from having the vaccine, it is not a concern. This is a very important vaccine to get. If you are between 11 and 26 years of age (which it looks like you are), you should also have it. ...Read more

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When should I worry about dizziness? It occurs when head is titled or randomly. I am getting over a virus and on new antidepressant. Very nauseating

When should I worry about dizziness? It occurs when head is titled or randomly. I am getting over a virus and on new antidepressant. Very nauseating

Viral Labrynthitis: If this is a new symptom for you and your doctors have told you that you are suffering just coincidentally from a viral labrynthitis then, the 2 are almost certainly related. If you had this symptoms BEFORE the virus then, you may have BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo- and No. I'm not swearing at you). Wanna chat about it? Let's make an appointment online: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read more

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Lightheaded. Tachy, sob walking for 2 wks. ER 2wks ago, labs norm said anxiety. PCP says virus, wait it out. Should I worry its not improving?

Lightheaded. Tachy, sob walking for 2 wks. ER 2wks ago, labs norm said anxiety. PCP says virus, wait it out. Should I worry its not improving?

Takes a month: It sounds like you have had this problem well evaluated. If your doctor feels this is a virus, it takes about month for a virus to run its course, so give it some more time. ...Read more

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Worried she has herpes virus. Heavy kissing once with someone who has had fever blisters, not then. Want to tell her don't worry, chances are 1 in? . What chance catching the virus from this 1 time?

Worried she has herpes virus. Heavy kissing once with someone who has had fever blisters, not then. Want to tell her don't worry, chances are 1 in? . What chance catching the virus from this 1 time?

Don't worry: Worrying will not make any difference. If she has gotten the virus then it's to late to worry about it now. Stress and worrying will only weakens your immune system and that's what the virus is waiting for. Be happy and stop kissing people who have visible cold sores. A little parying my help as well. ...Read more

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When to worry about a fever in a two year old who has had a fever since mon july 2 102.5 now 99.5 has a " mild throat virus why isn't gone yet?

When to worry about a fever in a two year old who has had a fever since mon july 2 102.5 now 99.5 has a " mild throat virus why isn't gone yet?

Virus 14 days: Virus infections can last up to 14 days. Good things: temperature improving overall, able to deep fluids down, making wet diapers 4-6 times a day, breathing okay, seems alert. Not much to do other than give comfort, watch for warning signs, and lots of tlc. Good luck! ...Read more

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My husband catch a cold not virus just sneezing, nothing special, running nose. I'mpregnant and should I worry now we sleep in one room please answer?

My husband catch a cold not virus just sneezing, nothing special, running nose. I'mpregnant and should I worry now we sleep in one room please answer?

Cold vs allergy: If it is just sneezing and runny nose it maybe an allergy problem. Btw a cold is caused by a virus. Many people believe they get alot of colds when actually they may be suffering from allergies. If it is a cold/virus you are already exposed. Always check with your ob/gyn but try treating your husband for allergy. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I went to the doctors because the sides of my throat is very red. The doc said it's a small virus don't worry, but they are more red!!

Two weeks ago I went to the doctors because the sides of my throat is very red. The doc said it's a small virus don't worry, but they are more red!!

Needs recheck.: If symptoms persist and worsen over 2 weeks, you need to be re-evaluated by a physician. Many possibilities could exist depending on other symptoms and you may require further therapy including antibiotics, allergy meds or possibly even reflux medications. ...Read more

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Can a stomach virus disrupt the gut flora enough to cause CDiff? May have caught virus from hubby. I have had CDiff 3 times in the past. So I worry. Sorry

Can a stomach virus disrupt the gut flora enough to cause CDiff? May have caught virus from hubby. I have had CDiff 3 times in the past. So I worry. Sorry

Microbiome balance: 3 studies back the balance of gut microbiome to prevent recurrence of C.Diff.
1) Group of patients who had relapsed C.Diff were given brewer's yeast 3 tabs x 3 times daily x14 days-S.cerevisiae without additional antibiotics. Diarrhea resolved completely in all. Probiotic agents
work by competing with C.Diff for nutrients & colonizaion sites in the gut by producing compounds
inhibiting growth ...Read more

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My 32 mths old son seems very tired for 1 week and now has runny nose cough and 100.3 F fever for 1 day is it smthng to worry or possibly just a virus?

My 32 mths old son seems very tired for 1 week and now has runny nose cough and 100.3 F fever for 1 day is it smthng to worry or possibly just a virus?

It certainly: Could be a virus, but he should be checked by his doctor if he hasn't already been. If he's been checked already, please contact his doctor to find out next steps. ...Read more

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My doctor said that I had a herpes outbreak in my mouth caused by stress he says everyone carries the virus, and I shouldn't worry about it?

My doctor said that I had a herpes outbreak in my mouth caused by stress he says everyone carries the virus, and I shouldn't worry about it?

Herpes HZV1: Stress may be physical too. Dehydration is classic. Lack of enough rest is another. Poor eating habits contribute too. Excessive sun & wind exposure. YES most of us carry this virus. But avoid the things that can cause it to blossom out. Go to www. Health911.com
for further reading. My Best BD ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hanta virus?

What are symptoms of hanta virus?

See below: Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the usa begins as a febrile illness and generalized myalgias. 4-5 days later this is followed by the lungs filling with fluid causing respiratory failure associated with shock. It is then a life threatening infection. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of hanta virus?

Hantavirus: Initial symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome can include: fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches and muscular pain. 3 to 7 days later there may be trouble breathing, low blood pressure & productive cough. ...Read more

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What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

Cyclospora: Cyclospora is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection.

As of mid 2014, cyclospora outbreaks have been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York (and New York City), Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington. ...Read more

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How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

Ebola Virus: Ebola is a filovirus (Filoviridae). The genomic fossils of filoviruse family that impact mammals have likely existed tens of millions of years. Viruses mutate over time. The first recognized Ebola outbreak was in 1976. Some individuals who became infected by Ebola in Africa traveled to the US - there by leading to US cases. ...Read more

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Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Ebola: Regarding current Ebola outbreak you are probably now aware that a man who had direct contact with Ebola traveled from Nigeria to Dallas, Texas - developing Ebola sx's 5 days after arrival in the US. The CDC is monitoring each of the man's contacts for 21 days. Two missionaries were also evacuated from Africa to the US for treatment prior to that. The Reston virus (mutated Ebola Virus) found in ...Read more

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As a tradesman working in dirty spaces, what should I know about hanta virus?

As a tradesman working in dirty spaces, what should I know about hanta virus?

Rodents: Hantavirus is carried by rodents and transmitted to humans by the airborne route. Direct rodent contact should be avoided and particulate filter masks should be worn in closed spaces with poor ventilation where rodents may reside if construction/demolition work is being performed. ...Read more

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Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact?

Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact?

Ebola Virus: Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. According to the World Health Organization – Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, blood, saliva, urine and stool. As of4 OCT 2014 - there were 3 cases treated in the US - so the odd's would be miniscule. ...Read more

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Do any viruses target ova?

Oocytes: Thank you for this question. The mature oocyte has a thick covering called the zona pellucida that has to be traversed to reach it. It is therefore unlikely that this would occur unless carried by the sperm which can bind to and then traverse the zona peelucida. ...Read more