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Kids With Typhus Louse Borne
Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more
A big killer.: It has been said that epidemic typhus (rickettsia prowazekii) has killed more humans than all the wars in history. It is transmitted classical by infected clothing (body) lice and in the last century has dwindled substantially worldwide but pops up occasionally in this of strife, famine or war. A substantial outbreak occurred in burundi about 20 years ago. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?
We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?
Bird mites: I would ask your Dr. there and your vet. So who has the flukes? I you then see your Dr. soon. Which kind of flukes. Tell both your Dr and your vet and ask their advice. ...Read more
Mosquito bites: West nile virus must be produced in high numbers before being passed through mosquitoes. Birds are far and away the most frequent carriers. Robins look like they might be responsible for spread all over the country. Mosquitoes have to feed on the infected robin and then pass the virus on to human beings through a bite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diseases (virus, parasite, etc) you can catch from using a communal sink (to brush teeth) and toilet?-water-splash-borne, air-borne, touching surface?
How long does Bactria and viruses like salmonella typhi, hep A, hep B , herpes etc. can survive on surfaces like mattresses, blankets, clothes etc.
Varies: Streptococcus pneumonia and strep pyogenes can survive on surfaces such a books, toys cribs for months. Studies show that antibiotic resistant bacteria can survive on hospital fabrics for upto 90days (synthetic fabrics) . Viruses such as adenovirus, herpes virus and polio virus can survive on hard surfaces for upto 8 weeks. Vaccinia and cocackie virus can survive for upto 2 weeks. ...Read more
I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?
You are asking about: A very complex & difficult problem. Please read this article: http://www.Birdmites.Org/strategies.Html. It will tell you a number of approaches to treating bird mites on humans but as for treating them on your body, you will need eradicate them in your area (a difficult process). ...Read more
Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer