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What are the causes of the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases?

What are the causes of the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases?

Many factors: There are many factors, some are 1 peoples resistant to get their children and themselves immunized due to ignorance 2 international travel which brings infectious disease from under developed countries to others 3 new unexpected disease like h1n1 4 over use of antibiotics causing resistant organisms. ...Read more

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What is an infectious disease?

What is an infectious disease?

See below: An infectious disease is caused by microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Infectious diseases can affect almost every organ in the body. Examples are boils, abscesses, influenza, colds, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, amoebic dysentery, hiv/aids, malaria, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis etc. Etc. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
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Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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Information site on infectious disease?

Information site on infectious disease?

Cdc: is an excellent site for infectious diseases. Additionally, the program for monitoring emerging diseases is a good place to follow outbreaks all over the world. ...Read more

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How do doctors contain infectious diseases?

Good hygiene: Doctors contain and prevent the spread of infectious diseases through good hygiene, always washing hands before and after patient encounters, using alcohol swabs for stethoscopes and medical equipment. At a public health community level there are public sanitation systems and monitoring in place to track diseases and control their spread. Check out cdc website for more info. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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Which are commonest infectious disease world wide?

Which are commonest infectious disease world wide?

The common: Cold is pretty common. There are over a hundred different viruses that can cause a cold. ...Read more

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Living with Crohn's Disease (Checklist)

Find a gastroenterologist and follow their treatment regiment
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How can I become an infectious diseases specialist?

How can I become an infectious diseases specialist?

ID fellowship: Here's how you do it in the us: go to medical school. Then do a residency in internal medicine. After that, do a fellowship in infectious diseases. ...Read more

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How do they trace the source of infectious disease?

See details: Appropriate cultures and lab tests can often pinpoint the cause. X rays, ct scan and other imaging can often determine the source. ...Read more

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How to prevent infectious and no-infectious diseases?

Live well: The best thing to do to avoid disease is to live sensibly -- that means 'no bad habits' - like smoking, alcohol etc. Exercising at least 5x week. Eating well - avoiding all the fast-foods, 'junk' out there. Sleeping 8 hrs a night. Keeping stress levels to the minimum. AND checking in with your doc periodically for routine health care incl. vaccinations etc. Give your primary doc a call & take care ...Read more

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What exactly is the most horrific infectious disease?

What exactly is the most horrific infectious disease?

There are many: Dangerous viruses include: Marburg Virus, Ebola Zaire, Hantavirus, H5N1 (Avian Flu), Junin Virus (Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever), Lassa Fever, Crimea – Congo Fever,Machupo virus (Bolivian hemorrhagic fever), Kyasanur Forest Virus (KFD), Rabies, Smallpox & Dengue fever. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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How long is medic school, for infectious diseases? :)

13-14 years: 4 years college 4 years medical school 3 years internal medicine residency. 2-3 years infectious disease fellowship. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of infectious disease in the U.S.?

Which infectious: disease.? Check CDC site for information one various infectious diseases ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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How can you detect, treat and control infectious disease?

See below: We take a history and do a physical exam. We order blood antibody and antigen and pcr molecular tests. We order x-rays, ct scans and nuclear medicine scans. We do bacterial, fungal, viral, o&p and AFB stains and/or cultures of blood, urine, other normally sterile body fluids and stool. Then we use our knowledge and experience to determine what is significant and what is not and make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best adult infectious disease book to study ?

What is the best adult infectious disease book to study 
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Mandell or Southwick: The premier ID text is Mandel, Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. However, it is encyclopedic and expensive (>$400), better as a reference than initial training. Shorter and cheaper is Southwick, Infecious Diseases: A Clinical Short Course, but I have no experience with it. Or read the ID-related chapters of an adult internal medicine text, such as Cecil Textbook of Medicine (~$200). ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have an infectious disease?

Infectious Diseases: The best place to start is with your primary physician. They are in the 'front lines' of medicine and can really help sort things out. If you do have an infection of some kind, they can often provide the treatment. If something is much more serious or complicated, then an infectious diseases doctor can weigh in on your case. Hope you can get some help soon! ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What infectious diseases have to be reported to the health department?

What infectious diseases have to be reported to the health department?

It varies.: This varies from state to state. Diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea are prime examples that have to be reported, as are outbreaks of bacterial meningitis, e. Coli, and salmonella, especially if they are in clusters. These are mandatory to report to state health departments, but not required to report to the cdc (ctr. Disease control). Contact your state health dept. Or look at the cdc site. ...Read more

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Which groups have made huge strides in eradicating infectious disease?

Which groups have made huge strides in eradicating infectious disease?

The CDC, WHO.: The cdc, and the who are the centers for disease control and the world health organization respectively. These two organizations have done great work in eradicating diseases through vaccination and coordination of resources on a national and global effort. Diseases like small-pox are a thing of the past and others like polio and diptheria are easily handled. Those like cholera are kept at bay. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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How long can infectious diseases live outside the body if in a needle?

Likely not long.: In order to get infected this way, the disease would likely have been in some fluid that would be injected in the body quite rapidly, and at that time contaminate the needle. The needle would not be used again but discarded. Most needles are disposable now so they should be sterile before use. If in a needle, the disease would only live likely <1-20 min. As germs don't live long on metals, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of infectious disease and how can I address them?

What are the symptoms of infectious disease and how can I address them?

It depends.: It depends on the infectious disease you have. If hiv, you can have no symptoms to feeling weak with pneumonia, fever, and many other symptoms of opportumistic infections, including several GI symptoms. If you have tb, you have mainly respiratory symptoms. The best way to treat them is to treat the underlying illness, like strep throat. The symptoms usually go away and the illness is cured. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Infectious Diseases (Definition)

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