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How Deadly Is Anthrax
Varies: Some forms are mild and self heal over days/weeks. These are often viral. Some forms are very aggressive and deadly. Jim Henson, the puppet master that started the Muppets died from pneumococcal pneumonia in a few days after initially shrugging off symptoms to work. By the time he went in they couldn't stop it from killing him. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not easily passed: Anthrax is passed thru:contact of the spores on the skin producing a skin ulcer, inhalation of spores into the lung producing inhalation anthrax; ingestion of spore containing food producing throat/gi anthrax. It is not spread from on person to another.Anthrax is notorius as a bioterrorism agent (2001), anthrax is not going to go around like a flu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most of time okay...: I assume you're talking about the yersinia that causes diarrhea and abd discomfort. Most cases do not merit treatment. In people with co-morbidities (diabetes, suppressed immune system) and those with severe disease (the bacteria is in the blood stream and they're septic), then it can be dangerous and treatment is needed. Most of the time cases get better on their own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why?: I am curious why you are asking. If you want to understand the dangers of heroin to help somebody get sober, then I'd suggest read on the issue via medical websites. If exploring using it, please see your doctor and visit about it. There is no crime to talk it over with your physician, even if you are using it. Yes, it is a very dangerous illegal drug which people do die from. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A bacterial meningitis can cause death in a very short period of time, 24 to 48 hrs if untreated. If you or someone you know has any concern for this whatsoever with symptoms such as fever headache, confusion, stiff painful neck etc they should go to the er now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often no symptoms: Amebiasis causes illness in 10- 20% of those infected. It can lead to loose stool, cramps & abdominal pain. Severe form (dysentery) can lead to fever & bloody diarrhea. In rare cases it has seeded other parts of the body such as the brain or liver (where it can form an abscess). ...Read more
Endocarditis: Infective Endocarditis (IE) is a serious disease cause by both bacteria/fungi infecting the inner lining of the heart (endocardium). It requires aggressive antibiotic/fungal treatment-but can also include surgery to repair/replace heart valves effected. The usual cause of death is congestive heart failure - neurologic complication are also often seen. Mortality can be 20-25% even with treatment. ...Read more
Depends: This varies with the salmonella species, the type of illness it produces, how soon it is treated and whether the therapy is appropriate. This will sometimes depend upon where you are and what the doctor's experience with this organism has been. In third world situations typhoid fever has a significant mortality rate. ...Read more
Tuberculosis: Few years ago, who estimated, one third of world population get TB infection. Highest rate: se asia, china, india, africa and latin america. If left untreated, 5-10% develop TB disease. Crowded, poor environmental condition, poor nutritional status enhance transmission. A slow killing disease, can affect every human organ, if untreated causes death. 3-4 meds needed for minimum 9 months for cure. ...Read more
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