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Malaria and typhoid fevers?

Malaria and typhoid fevers?

BothCauseFeverButDif: Typhoid Fever is a Bacterial Infection caused by a Bacteria Salmonella Typhi.It causes very high fever and is treated with appropriate Antibiotics.It is caused by eating contaminated food and water and is common in many third world countries Malaria is caused by Malaria Parasite which is transmitted to humans by the bite of species of mosquito called Anopheles in Asian,African and Latin America ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

Female: My university days are near 40 years past but i remember at that time the disease vectors of which you speak are from the adult female of the species who require blood for their life cycle. ...Read more

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Meningitis and travel? How necessary are meningitis shots for travel?

Meningitis and travel? How necessary are meningitis shots for travel?

Depends: This really depends on where you are traveling to. You should check the cdc website at cdc.Gov to see the recommendations on different destinations. This is updated regularly and will let you know what vaccinations are required before your trip. ...Read more

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How does mycobacterium tuberculosis attack and spread?

InfectionAndSpread: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Bacteria attacks healthy&some not so healthy people when they are exposed to some one who is already infected&has active infection with positive bacteria in their lungs.And by close contact one can acquire that bacteria.Not every one who gets infected comes up with the active disease but some do and others overcome with body's resistannce.Those infected are contagious ...Read more

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After treatment of neck lymp node TB can TB pass to fetus? Can lymp node TB effect other organs during treatment?

After treatment of  neck lymp node TB can TB pass to fetus?  Can lymp node TB effect other organs during treatment?

Tuberculosis: Infants may acquire tuberculosis by transplacental spread through the umbilical vein to the fetal liver; aspiration or ingestion of infected amniotic fluid; or airborne inoculation from close contacts (family members or nursery personnel). Hope this does not occur. Stay well and recover uneventfully. Best wishes. ...Read more

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After treatment of lymp node tuberculosis can I plan for pregnancy? During pregnancy TB can relapse? Can the fetus be infected with TB ?

Relapse lTBunlikely: After complete treatment you can plan for pregnancy,and relapse of TB is unlikely . The fetus does not get tuberculosis,you can have normal healthy baby. ...Read more

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When the doctor order cocci serology and species antibodies bartonella, what he expected to find?Lupus?Lyme diseases?

When the doctor order cocci serology and species antibodies bartonella, what he expected to find?Lupus?Lyme diseases?

Bartonellosis: Several variants. Cat scratch fever, carrion's, some endocarditis syndromes. Hope it's not bacillary angiomatosis -- or if it is, that you get effective rx. Good luck. ...Read more

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Headaches and night fever. Low white count and elevated liver enzymes.Negative for: hepatitis, dengue, malaria, typhoid fever, negative blood cultures?

Headaches and night fever. Low white count and elevated liver enzymes.Negative for: hepatitis, dengue, malaria, typhoid fever, negative blood cultures?

More info needed: How high a temp? Any swollen glands? Any other lab abnormalities? Any drenching sweats or just light sweating? Why are you on cipro (ciprofloxacin)? How low is the wbc? ...Read more

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What is latent and active tuberculosis?

What is latent and active tuberculosis?

Latent and active TB: Latent Tuberculosis iwhen you have been exposed to the Toberculosis Bacteria in the past and that did not result in active disease.It is called Primary complex which heals.But it makes PPD skin test Positive Active Tuberculosis is when the disease is active with symptoms like cough,fever,night sweats,expectoraton and weight loss,Sputum culture is positive&Rrays is positive.Is contagious&needsRx ...Read more

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How unhealthy is malaria and hepatitis b coinfection for the liver?

How unhealthy is malaria and hepatitis b coinfection for the liver?

Malaria: Malaria in anyone with an immune compromising condition may be more severe. Certainly, in a person with Hepatitis B, the liver is already compromised, so malaria on top of that could prove to be extremely serious. ...Read more

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What are the tests for TB infection?

What are the tests for TB infection?

Several: The most conclusive is a culture of sputum that grows tb. A biopsy can show TB when examined under the microscope. Indirect tests include chest x ray, skin test ppd, and special blood test quantiferon. ...Read more

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Where is malaria and dengue fever most prevalent?

Where is malaria and dengue fever most prevalent?

Malaria & Dengue: Malaria is most common in tropical, sub-tropical & temperate areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America & the Indo-Pacific. Dengue is most common in tropical & sub-tropical areas of Africa, South-east Asia, the Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean & the Americas. ...Read more

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Will tonic water (It has quinine) prevent malaria, Japanese encephalitis and dengue? I will be vacationing in an area where those diseases are endemic

Will tonic water (It has quinine) prevent malaria, Japanese encephalitis and dengue? I will be vacationing in an area where those diseases are endemic

Absolutely not: These mosquito borne diseases are all very serious, in fact potentially fatal. Avoiding the bug-bite is of paramount importance. Get some bug spray, socks, long pants, and netting if outdoors to avoid bites. There are anti-malarial medications available, and a Japanese encephalitis vaccine, but there is nothing so far for dengue. I highly recommend visiting a travel doc before going to these areas ...Read more

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Can a patient with active TB disease infect other people?

Can a patient with active TB disease infect other people?

Yes: This is how the disease spreads. If we can prevent this transmission, the disease will be eradicated. ...Read more

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If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

Antibiotics: If you are 35 or less, it is recommended to take prophylactic antibiotics. If you are older than 35, the risk of taking the antibiotic is higher and outweighs the benefits of taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

What is malaria?

Infection: Malaria is a mosquito-spread infectious disease of humans & other animals caused by eukaryotic protists (a microorganism). The protists act as parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that usually include fever & headache, in severe cases progressing to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical & subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

What is malaria?

Parasitic Disease: Carried by a mosquito flying from dusk to dawn, malaria is one-cell parasite called plasmodium. Malaria is transmitted from person-to-person through the bite of the female mosquito, who needs blood for her eggs. The parasite races to the liver then reemerges later. 50% of the world is at risk, & causes almost a half billion illnesses, w/ one million deaths yearly. It kills every 30 seconds. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

Parasitc infection : It is a anopheles mosquito transmitted parasitic disease and there are 4 subtypes of the parasite with vivax and falciparum being the most common and falciparum being the major deadly of the lot. Present in large areas of the world endemically and sporadically almost anywhere in the world including a few cases in USA due to world travel. Many options to prevent and treat no vaccine. Bad disease ! ...Read more

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Is malaria cureable?

Yes: If diagnosed correctly and treated with the right medications malaria is absolutely curable. Right drugs, right doses, right length of time. Treating for the various stages of parasites--all this must be taken into account but good care does that. Please also note malaria is preventable for many in the first place. ...Read more

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What abarriers are there to completely eradicating malaria?

What abarriers are there to completely eradicating malaria?

Poverty is one.: Is bed netting available when sleeping? Insecticide to spray interior of home?.Long pants & long sleeved shirts? Permethrin spray for clothing & mosquito netting? Deet agents ? Screening for windows? Etc. ...Read more

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Treatment of malaria?

Treatment of malaria?

It depends: On where it was acquired and what species is it. Choosing incorrectly can result in deaths. ...Read more

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Is malaria a parasitic disease?

Is malaria a parasitic disease?

Yes: It's caused by plasmodium, which is a mosquito-born parasite. ...Read more

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Safe anti malaria in pregnency?

Safe anti malaria in pregnency?

Malaria in the world: First, the location of the risk for malaria must be known. Some meds do not work in some areas in the world. So first knowing your risks and what meds work in that locale is vital. Then the meds can be evaluated for safety in pregnancy. Here is a website to learn about malaria risks where you are or are going: http://www.Cdc.Gov/travel. ...Read more

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Malaria fever how can we treat?

Malaria fever how can we treat?

Malaria: If you have malaria you need to be seen by an infectious disease expert. Go now, do not wait. This can be a life-threatening disease. ...Read more

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Why does malaria cause diarrhea?

Why does malaria cause diarrhea?

Adaptive: Malaria is a disease caused by parasites and transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There can sometimes be vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and yellowing (jaundice) of the skin. The vomiting, diarrhea, and coughing are, in part, an effort by the body (in its infinite wisdom) to rid itself of the parasite, which has taken up residence inside the body, where it wreaks havoc. ...Read more

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What is used to test for malaria?

What is used to test for malaria?

The blood cells: The blood cells contain the parasite and a thick smear preparation is used to look for the parasite. ...Read more

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Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Yes but low risk: The rate of infection during pregnancy depends on many factors, but remains low. It is about 1% in moms who have developed anti-malaria antibodies and about 10% in those that have not. However, i would be more concerned about the health of the baby as the parasite may pack the placenta and reduce oxygen delivered to the baby. Seek care from a ob/gyn who has experience with high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for malaria ?

What is the treatment for malaria ?

Malaria tx.: There are a # of antimalarial drugs (chloroquine, Malarone, Coartem, (artemether and lumefantrine) Lariam, artesunate, quinine, quinidine & combination of quinine and either doxycline or clindamyin. Intravenous hydration is usually appropriate as well as supplemental oxygen (for hypoxia or respiratory distress). Treatment in an ICU may be indicated for severe cases. ...Read more

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What are the syptoms of malaria fever?

What are the syptoms of malaria fever?

Malaria Symptoms: may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, eye problems (nystagmus, problems with eye movements), seizures & coma. ...Read more

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What is a good malaria prevention drug?

What is a good malaria prevention drug?

Mefloquin/Malarone&: The drugs to prevent Malaria are Chloroquin rarely used due to resistance these days Mefloquin is used once a week Malarone which is a combination of Atovoquone and Proguanil taken daily Doxycycline taken daily Primaqun taken daily ...Read more

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How does the immune system fight malaria?

How does the immune system fight malaria?

Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also seeks the genetic marker of the malaria to flag it for a "kill". Since malaria invades natural cells of the body it can begin to hide from the immune system and replicate. Consider vaccination if traveling in high risk areas with malaria. ...Read more

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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. The parasites ...Read more


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Tuberculosis (Definition)

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