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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Kala Azar (Definition)

Kala azar = Leishmaniasis , a potentially fatal infection by a protozoan parasite ...Read more


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Could mosquito bites or bugs spread aids in human beings?

Could mosquito bites or bugs spread aids in human beings?

No: insects / mosquitos are not vectors for HIV. The virus is too fragile to remain alive in the body of a mosquito. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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When do malaria mosquitoes bite humans?

When do malaria mosquitoes bite humans?

Easy: When they are hungry, which is all the time. If you are in an area where malaria is endemic, take the appropriate prophylaxis, where repellent and sleep under repellent impregnated mesh. ...Read more

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How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Blood tests: Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended. ...Read more

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Can mosquitoes transmit aids like malaria ?

Can mosquitoes transmit aids like   malaria ?

Unlikely: Hiv is a blood-borne and mucosal membrane transmitted disease, but the transmission by mosquitoes is very unlikely since HIV infection requires very high quantities of the infection to truly get someone infected. This is a remote possibility, but i would think it almost impossible. ...Read more

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Which bacteria is spread by deer tick bite?

Which bacteria is spread by deer tick bite?

Lime disease: The deer tick, ixodes scapularis is best known for passing borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria known to cause both acute and chronic problems under the lable lime disease.It has also been known to carry an encephalitis virus. ...Read more

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Will over-the-counter insect repellant prevent sandfly bites and leishmaniasis infection?

Will over-the-counter insect repellant prevent sandfly bites and leishmaniasis infection?

Possibly...: This answer can best be found on the labels of the 'insect repellants'; read them to find out. I do not believe there is a repellant for leshmaniasis though. ...Read more

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I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Tick bite: If you have the tick, it can be sent to a lab to test for any disease it might carry. If not just monitor for 20-30 days for any flu-like symptoms or rash at the site where you found the tick. If test is positive or you have symptoms or rash, you should be treated. ...Read more

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Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Yes it does: The anopheles mosquitoes have been around for 150 million years and now have about 460 species. Beside malaria, some species can also carry filarial worms, various arboviruses, onyong-nyong, tataguine, equine encephalitis, canine heartworm- dirofilaria immitis, as well as other viruses. ...Read more

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Can mosquitoes bite human eyelids?

Can mosquitoes bite human eyelids?

It the mosquito : Can alight on your eye long enough to bite - then it can occur. This would be more likely to occur if someone was asleep. ...Read more

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Are sand tick bites dangerous?

Are sand tick bites dangerous?

Usually not: In some areas of the world they may carry infection. Leishmaniasis is carried by a sand flea, but in this county i think you are pretty safe. Mostly they just cause local itch and rash. ...Read more

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Are tick bites dangerous to humans?

Are tick bites dangerous to humans?

It depends...: ...On the tick. Deer ticks, for example, are often the carriers of the bacteria associated with lyme disease, a chronic and potentially debilitating condition associated with heart, joint and other difficulties. Wood ticks can carry the bacteria that cause rocky mountain spotted fever. Other tick bites are totally harmless and can cause only local irritation. Ultimately it depends on the tick. ...Read more

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Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

No: The total population of ticks in any grassy, wodded area could be in the millions. Several published studies on tick populations have shown 25-30% of the ticks were carrying lyme in an endemic area (an area where lyme disease is present). ...Read more

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May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

No: Lime disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by infected ticks. That tick must attach and feed on a person long enough that the germ is passed thru the bite. ...Read more

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Any childhood disease that looks like mosquito bites?

Any childhood disease that looks like mosquito bites?

Urticaria: Hives(urticaria) can look and feel like mosquito bites.Multiple causes including-drug allergy, topical contact allergy(bath/laundry products) and reactions to strep and viral infections. ...Read more

Dr. Bonnie Furner
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Leishmaniasis (Definition)

A condition in which a person is infected with ...Read more