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Doctor insights on: Mode Of Transmission For Lyme Disease

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Lyme is there any profylactic treatment for tic borne Lyme disease?

Lyme is there any profylactic treatment for tic borne Lyme disease?

No: Lyme is a disease that is spread by the bites of tics to humans. The only way to prevent lyme disease is to use proper insect repellant ( with deet ) to avoid getting bitten by the tics. If you are in wooded areas or areas where lyme is prevalent, make sure when you get home you check yourself and all others in your family for tics embedded in your skin. Remove them as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

West nile virus: West nile virus - is a mosquito transmitted virus that causes encephalitis (brain inflammation). This can cause coma and death. Leprosy is caused by a bacteria that affects peripheral nerves, skin, eye, mucosa -- secondary infections is usually the cause of death. ...Read more

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What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

Not much in common: Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia (a bacteria). West Nile Virus is caused by a virus. The former causes a targetoid rash and can infect just about any organ system including the eye, joints,heart, and brain if left untreated. It is transmitted to humans by a deer tick. West Nile virus is transmitted by a mosquito and in most cases is asymptomatic. 20% get rash / fever. Encephalitis is rare. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis virus infection interfere the progression of HIV disease?

Can hepatitis virus infection interfere the progression of HIV disease?

Yes: Co infection with hepatitis b or hepatitis c ( that is having HIV and either of the above) is documented to generally result in further progression of both diseases. Therefore, patients with either illnesses must be screened to rule out co infection... Treatment is encouraged for both viral illnesses. New treatments are available for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Are diseases like HIV and hepatitis spread only by carriers of the disease?

Are diseases like HIV and hepatitis spread only by carriers of the disease?

Basically Yes: Hiv & hepatitis c are transmitted by contact with an infected persons blood. No blood = no transmission. However, if you handle an item that has their blood on it, then you are at risk. ...Read more

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What is the major mechanism of transmission for tropical parasites?

What is the major mechanism of transmission for tropical parasites?

Multiple routes.: Mosquitoes, ingestion ( water and feces), penetration of skin on feet, flies (sandfly, botfly). ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for catching west nile encephalitis?

What are the risk factors for catching west nile encephalitis?

Mosquito bite: West nile occurs in epidemics, usually during summer, and seems to afflict humans and horses most often. Carried by mosquitoes and these bites infect the victim. ...Read more

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Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

See below: Most infectious disease docs follow the guidelines of the idsa ; are either unaware of or willfully ignore a large body of sound science that proves without question that lyme infection can persist after what they consider to be adequate treatment.See http://bit.Ly/1px4fnq ; http://bit.Ly/1ffxjxl ; http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/lymefiles.Html ; http://bit.Ly/qcegra ; http://bit.Ly/orugxl for details. ...Read more

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What is the relapse rate of borderline tuberculoid hansen disease?

What is the relapse rate of borderline tuberculoid hansen disease?

Strange question: As leprosy in the human population in the United States is considered near eradication, unless you have been playing with 7 banded armadillos or visited louisiana when the last leprarium was still open in carville. ...Read more

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Is there a Lyme disease vaccine?

No: They took the vaccine off the market because of the side effects. ...Read more

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What are the risks of untreated Lyme disease?

Heart, nerves, joint: The major issues are cardiac, neurological and arthritic complications if lyme is untreated. These include such things as heart inflammation, meningitis and joint inflammation among numerous other complications. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for Lyme disease?

What's the treatment for Lyme disease?

Antibioitics and...: For early lyme disease antibiotics usually result in a total cure. For longstanding lyme disease antibiotics are the standard recommendation but are not always effective. Many with chronic lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella & it is essential to treat those as well. Often herbs, nutrients, homeopathy & other natural therapies are essential to successfully treat chronic lyme disease. ...Read more

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Is there a link between toxoplasma gondii and mental diseases in patients without immunodepressive disorders?

Is there a link between toxoplasma gondii and mental diseases in patients without immunodepressive disorders?

Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasmosis has been associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Numerous studies found a positive correlation between latent toxoplasmosis and suicidal behavior in humans. All humans who have had this disease, whether symptomatic or not, now have a living parasite in their brains, but do not get encephalitis unless immunodeficient. ...Read more

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Is there any statistics for HIV1/HIV2 ratio in all HIV world?i.e %80 of HIV infected people carry HIV1?

Is there any statistics for HIV1/HIV2 ratio in all HIV world?i.e %80 of HIV infected people carry HIV1?

HIV: HIV 1 is more prevalent in the US and Europe and HIV 2 are more prevalent in Africa. But there are no statistics because a big portion of the population does not even know their HIV status. HIV is now increasing in the 16 years old to 25 years old, despite education most people are having sex without protection and also there is an increase in multiple sex partners. Misconception medications cure. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

Tick Born Enceph.: Tick borne encepalitis (tbe) is treated supportively. There is no definitiive treatment. Care may include hospitalization, supportive nutritional care, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids in select cases. ...Read more

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What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

See details: There are several and they basically involved 3 issues: neurologic (meningitis, brachial plexus and other neuropathies, muscle inflammation), cardiac (arrhythmias, pericarditis, myocarditis) and arthritis. ...Read more

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How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

Health Department: Usually suspected outbreaks of foodborne illness are reported to the local health department who can then carry out an investigation. Sometimes health care providers make the report, sometimes the general public does. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of catching sexually transmitted diseases?

What is the likelihood of catching sexually transmitted diseases?

Risk factors: If you are celebate the chance is 0%. It all depends on the risk factors for the particular sexually transmitted diseases and your risky behaviors. ...Read more

Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more