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Contaminated juice: Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs which suck blood & pass on a protozoan called trypanosoma cruzi. It can be passed through the placenta by mother to fetus, via breast milk, blood transfusions, organ transplants and by eating contaminated foods. There are different cases which were spread by contaminated acai, sugar cane and guava juices. H20- variable input. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Assays.: These kinds of diseases are tested for ny tests called assays that test for viral antigen oe antibodies to the viral antigens or proteins. For example, the hepatitis b surface antigen (hbsag) is the screening testy for hepatitis b infection. Meanwhile, the anti-hbs antibody tells if the person has recovered from the hepatitis b infection, or has been vaccinated. ...Read more
No- never!: Why? There are new infectious diseases randomly pops up year after year. Check out the full answer at the infectious diseases society of america website that answers the question: what is an infectious disease specialist?http://www.idsociety.org/id_specialist/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How are infectious diseases, degenerative diseases and diseases caused by the environment different?
Disease definitions: Disease is 'being out of balance' -- 'dis' which means 'negative' and 'ease'.. Infectious diseases generally relate to illnesses caused by germs. Degenerative diseases are more 'chronic' in nature, as things wear out- whether from too much inflammation, old age or some kind of damage. Environmental diseases arise from exposures - like mold in the work place. There are docs that specialize in these ...Read more
Goto a travel clinic: Travel overseas, particularly to a throbbing metropolis in the heart of India requires adequate preparation. There are a multitude of infectious diseases I would be concerned about there. A doctor should help match up your past medical history and medical condition with what you may encounter depending on your plans in that area. See: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are many: Most common would be corneal infections, like herpes simplex, contact-lens related infections or ulcers and subsequent scarring, acanthamoeba (rarely) etc. Retinal infections like cytomegalovirus (cmv), toxoplasmosis, histoplasmosis etc can also affect the vision. Rare but serious infections like endophthalmitis following trauma or spread from the bloodstream are also possible infectious causes. ...Read more
Not always.: Depending on the type of hospital infectious diseases may be associated with high mortality rates. An example is a reference hospital with a significant proportion of immunosuppressed patients including patients with cancer on potent chemotherapy, transplant patients, patients with cystic fibrosis, all of them at high risk for complicated infections. ...Read more
Please tell me, could i get chronic infectious diseases from eating food with unsanitary utensils?
Good hygiene is best: In our world, we are exposed to germs all the time -whether we're actually aware of that or not is a different story. 'Dirty' utensils are one of those things that u hope you don't find out 'after the fact' that u may have been using - but hopefully you're relatively healthy & your immune system 'already' took care of it. In very rare cases 'yes', u could be exposed to something, but I think ur OK ...Read more
I'm wondering why are malnourished people often more susceptible to colds or other infectious diseases?
Immunity: Severe malnutrition leads to reduced immune function and therefore decreased ability to fight infections. ...Read more
Should a person with eczema avoid locker room showers because he/she might pick up serious infectious diseases?
NO: Prudence and phobia are different. One is useful. The other is crippling. ...Read more
Anything out there fda approved to detect all human infectious diseases? How many test would be needed to achieve this request? 16srna and viruses?
Not to my knowledge: If you are having symptoms of what you think may be a viral illness it would be best to check with your pcp in order to run some basic test. CBC ESR etc. To my knowledge there is not an fda approved single test to detect any and all viral infections as there are many different viruses that are being detected, possibly related to destruction of their natural habitat (rain forest). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are inactive infectious diseases or toxins detectable 5, 10, 20 years later if treated or untreated?Whats recorded or left behind in dna/blood/or other
Disease markers: Infectious disease markers are used to identify patients with many diseases, such as hepatitis, tb, and hiv, and some also may indicate active infection. Some markers are indicative of previous (but not always "inactive") diseases such as syphilis, which is often overlooked until late stages unless the proper tests are undertaken for specific reasons (symptoms). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
InternalMedicineDocs: These are internal medicine trained doctors who have completed 3 years of internal medicine residency.And following that they do a fellowship in Infectious disease and most of them are Certified by American Board of Internal Medicine and SubSpeciality Board in Infectious Disease ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Transmission: Infectious diseases are caused by transmission of organisms: person to person contact (kissing, sexual intercourse), bites/scratches from animals or insects or contaminated food or water. Some of the culprits include: viruses, bacteria, parasites (like protozoa or worms), fungi or prions. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is an example of a viral infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's Inevitable!: Just as certain as the sun rising from the east, new infectious diseases will evolve because of the innate drive for any organism to survive, based on the environmental pressures it has to overcome. This is the basis of how susceptible organisms become resistant to certain antibiotics. Additionally, as we explore different areas in the world , we will expose ourselves to new diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's Inevitable!: In emerging countries, the encroachment of civilization into virgin forest will displace many animals and other organisms that may become a new disease. Alternatively, genetic reassortment of species- specific microbes will enable them to infect us or else, cause them to become virulent when they were once benign. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examples: Some examples of National Notifiable Infectious Conditions include: Anthrax,Botulism, Brucellosis, Chancroid, Cholera, Dengue virus infections, Hansen's disease, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola, Plague, Yellow Fever, Thyphoid Fever, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Syphilis, Polio, HIV, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infectious diseases: Infectious diseases = illness/ sickness caused by germs/ pathogens. ...Read more
Really variable: Please let us know the particular disease so that we can provide you with that information. Can re-ask. ...Read more
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