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Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes.: Good handwashing is key! rotavirus causes bad diarrhea and in newborns, elderly and people with weak immune systems, can cause severe dehydration... And sometimes death. Another way to prevent rotavirus is to have your infant vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Cheers! ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Not really: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more

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Does Cold water kill diseases std germs bacteria?

Does Cold water kill diseases std germs bacteria?

No, but no worries: Cold water just washes them away. If they are hardy enough to survive in cold water, then they don't die in the cold water. However, many germs do not have cold water as their natural habitat, so they eventually die if left in the cold water. Washing with cold water is cleaner than not washing at all. Sometimes, people don't have hot water, but still can live normal lives with cold water. ...Read more

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is h.Pylori infection contagious?

Is h.Pylori infection contagious?

Potentially yes: Most h pylori aquired in childhood by 'shared spit' (one way or another). Contaminated water a possibility too. ...Read more

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Is the norovirus an airborne pathogen?

Is the norovirus an airborne pathogen?

Yes: This virus can be spread through air (aerosolization). It can also be transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water; by person-to-person contact; as well as the aerosolization of the virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for west nile virus infection?

What is the treatment for west nile virus infection?

Treating West Nile: There is no specific therapy for this viral infection. Supportive treatment for symptoms and time are the only treatments. ...Read more

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Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Bacterial infection: It is not likely that bacterial infection affecting a tattoo is contagious in the sense that it will be passed on to persons in the vicinity. If it is due to staph aureus it can colonize people in direct contact, and they can subsequently become infected if they have breaks in the skin, but this is a far stretch from being "contagious". ...Read more

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How treat rota virus infection?

How treat rota virus infection?

Symptomatic treatmen: Rotavirus causes watery diarrhea in toddlers, for which , vaccine is quite effective and should be used, For those who get the infection, symptomatic treatment with electrolyte solution and avoidance of foods which make diarrhea worse, such as dairy and sugary drinks. ...Read more

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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...Read more

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How could you avoid contracting the following diseases: amoebic dysentery, crytoporidiosis, giardiasis?

How could you avoid contracting the following diseases: amoebic dysentery, crytoporidiosis, giardiasis?

Good Hygiene and...: Good handwashing and be careful of the water.These diseases are spread thru feces and sewage. ...Read more

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Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

Not likely: If you have been definitively exposed to Hep B then will need HBIG/hep B immune globulin as well as the hep B vaccine. The immune globulin will act like a sponge and soak up any hep B virus present currently in your body. The hep B vaccine then stimulates your body to produce antibodies, which will then attach to and disable the viral particles. This process takes 2-4 weeks to make antibodies. ...Read more

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How likely is sepsis with bird flue infection?

How likely is sepsis with bird flue infection?

Not likely: Bird flu is a virus and will not cause sepsis. If there is a superinfection with a bacteria, sepsis might or might not happen. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Not generally: It will obviously depend upon the organism causing the pneumonia and the extent of exposure and your immune status. The short answer is that if this is streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacterial pneumonia, as a general rule something in your system predisposes you to this and it is likely to already be resident in the back of the throat. ...Read more

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Treatment options for norwalk virus infections? Thanks!

Fluids: The goal of treatment is to prevent dehydration by making sure to replace the fluids and electrolytes lost through diarrhea or vomiting. .Older children and adults can drink sports beverages such as gatorade, but these should not be used for children. Instead, use the electrolyte and fluid replacement solutions or freezer pops available in food and drug stores. Antiemetics may be used as well. ...Read more

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What are the tests for norovirus infection?

What are the tests for norovirus infection?

PCR if needed: Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is the most prominent symptom but patients often also have vomiting, malaise, muslce aches and fevers. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for norovirus infection?

Hydration: Norovirus is a virus that commonly causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is extremely contagious by contact with microscopic amounts of vomitus or stool. The treatment is aimed at the symptoms. Anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea medications can be used if needed. The most important treatment is to keep well hydrated and the body will clear the virus on its own. ...Read more

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Norovirus infection - what is it?

'Stomach flu': It's one of the viruses that can cause gastroenteritis ('stomach flu'). It's now the most common cause of epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis in the world. It's highly contagious -- it sometimes takes only 10 virus particles to infect someone! ...Read more

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Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Viral Diarrheas: The major causes of gastroenteritis are viruses, accounting for 1/3 of acute diarrheal illnesses. These fall into 5 categories: rotaviruses (lasts 3-7 days); enteric adenovirus (last 5-12 days with vomiting and fever); norwalk virus (lasts 1-2 days with flu-like symptoms); calicivirus (with shellfish, lasts 1-2 days in adults; longer in kids); astrovirus (kids & in nursing homes, lasts 2-3 days). ...Read more

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Do lots of people get norovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Yes: Not uncommon, but usually with people in close proximity to each other, like at schools or on cruise ships. ...Read more

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If you contract a bad case of norovirus infection, would you die?

It's possible.: It's possible to get so dehydrated that you could be seriously ill and die without medical care. If you think you have gastroenteritis and can't keep anything down, or if you stop producing urine, please see a doctor right away! ...Read more

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What are the tests for norovirus infections?

PCR if needed: Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr. ...Read more

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Will norovirus infections kill me?

Will norovirus infections kill me?

Usually not: Norovirus infections are a common cause of gastroenteritis (diarrhea with nausea and vomiting). The infection is usually self limited. ...Read more

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If norovirus got into the respiratory tract... Can it cause a respiratory infection?

If norovirus got into the respiratory tract... Can it cause a respiratory infection?

Sort of...: Norovirus usually causes more GI problems than pulmonary, but cough can develop. Usually, an infection is self limited, but if it was severe, and you became physically diminished, then secondary pneumonia could develop. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?

My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?

Possibly: I have no experience with the use of Lactoferrin and I do not know what kind of symptoms you are experiencing. There is a post infectious irritable bowel described over the last few years. In my opinion best will be for you to initiate a log with food and drinks that you have and the type of symptoms- say bloating, diarrhea, etc. Once you have couple of weeks see your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I've been getting every infection and bug that's out there recently. Sinus, bronchitis, norovirus, uti, abscesses on my arms. not normally like this?

I've been getting every infection  and bug that's out there recently. Sinus, bronchitis, norovirus, uti, abscesses on my arms.  not normally like this?

Get blood,work: Speak with your doc about getting more detailed blood work. Do you have,children who are switching or,entering new schools? Sometimes that sort of change can lead to less resistance to illness. However, given the range of symptoms you are describing, a visit to your doc is probably the first,stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would happen if norovirus particles got into the lungs instead of the stomach... Would it cause a respiratory infection?

What would happen if norovirus particles got into the lungs instead of the stomach... Would it cause a respiratory infection?

Unlikely: This virus appears to be specific for infections of the GI tract, and am unaware of evidence for urt infections. ...Read more

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Had the stomach flu Thurs-Sun & now I'm breaking out in hives. I read hives can be from infections. But all my other Sx are gone..?

Had the stomach flu Thurs-Sun & now I'm breaking out in hives. I read hives can be from infections. But all my other Sx are gone..?

Hives: can be caused by any viral infection, and can last for few days - weeks, if not controlled by OTC antihistamine taken regularly or stay more than six weeks despite treatment, you need to see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I'm mildly to moderately dehydrated due to having a stomach virus! i haven't urinated but twice today and it burned pretty bad and I have a constant urge now. I'm drinking perdialite now. But i had a urinealysis which was - for infection. Is this ok?

I'm mildly to moderately dehydrated due to having a stomach virus! i haven't urinated but twice today and it burned pretty bad and I have  a constant urge now. I'm drinking perdialite now. But i had a urinealysis which was - for infection. Is this ok?

Urge: If you have urinary frequency , urgency and dysuria ( pain when urinating) this can be signs of urinary tract infection, you may want to see your doctor for furhter evaluation if the simptoms persist, it is ok to drink plenty of fluid if you are dehydrated. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Scot Lewey
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Norovirus Infection (Definition)

A virus infection that causes extreme vomiting and diarrhia that is highly contagious and commonly spread through food or water. Infection can also be spread through close contact ...Read more