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How deadly is anthrax?

How deadly is anthrax?

Very: Skin, gastrointestinal and pulmonary anthrax are increasingly deadly in the order listed. Pulmonary anthrax, once it becomes apparent, is lethal in almost all cases. ...Read more

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How deadly is meningococcal?

How deadly is meningococcal?

Very: Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 8 patients infected with this bacteria will die, even with treatment. Get vaccinated! ...Read more

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How deadly is pneumonia?

How deadly is pneumonia?

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 more

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How fatal is tuberculosis?

How fatal is tuberculosis?

That depends: Has it been treated? What part of the body has it infected? Is it drug resistant? How compliant has one been with treatment? How advanced is it? ...Read more

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How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

Very dangerous: Inhalation anthrax death rate is estimated to be approximately 75% with treatment. Prior to development of aggressive treatments the death rate was more like 99%. ...Read more

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How is anthrax transmitted?

How is anthrax transmitted?

Air-borne: Anthrax is an air-borne illness. These spores can live in sheeps wool and get into the body by inhalation. ...Read more

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How contagious is anthrax?

How contagious is anthrax?

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 more

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How dangerous is yersinia?

How dangerous is yersinia?

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 more

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How dangerous is pneumonia?

How dangerous is pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, like yourself it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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How deadly is heroin?

How deadly is heroin?

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 more

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How lethal is meningitis?

How lethal is meningitis?

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 more

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How dangerous is malaria untreated?

How dangerous is malaria untreated?

Very: It can be fatal, especially falciparum malaria, which can cause cerebral malaria, the most dangerous type. ...Read more

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How dangerous is amoebiasis?

How dangerous is amoebiasis?

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

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How deadly is infective endocarditis?

How deadly is infective endocarditis?

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

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How serious is diphtheria?

How serious is diphtheria?

Very serious for...: Unimmunized individuals. Case fatalities ranged from 3% to 23% during the epidemic in the former soviet union during the 1990s. Fully immunized individuals experience mild sore throat. ...Read more

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How dangerous is malaria?

How dangerous is malaria?

It is sometimes: fatal. Plasmodium falciparum can be especially dangerous. ...Read more

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How dangerous is giardiasis?

How dangerous is giardiasis?

Giardia: Since it is generally easily treated with antibiotics, it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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How often is salmonella fatal?

How often is salmonella fatal?

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

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How serious is tuberculosis?

How serious is tuberculosis?

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