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Patients Anthrax Quarantined Other Tested
If patients are suspected of being exposed to anthrax, should they be quarantined or should other family members be tested?
Depends on the type.: Patients with cutaneous anthrax can be treated as outpatients w/ doxycycline. However, inhalational anthrax is a very serious condition that requires hospitalization because of its high mortality rate. Patients will require IV antibiotics. They may also need support of heart and lung function due to the detrimental effects of the anthrax toxin on the body. Inhalation anthrax=possible bioterrorism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are doctors and health care workers not forced to be quarantined after caring for ebola stricken patients? It should be part of their duty I think
Because: Ebola can only be transmitted by a person if they have active symptoms of disease / fever. However, if the person wore contaminated clothing / was contaminated - the virus can remain alive for a brief period in ambient conditions. But isolation of medical staff who are clean is not required if asymptomatic. However, Ebola contacts should be monitored for 21 days after last contact. ...Read more
Is it possible that virus latency can occur with Ebola, so that even after 21 days of quarantine, it remains within the infected patient's cells?
See below: Sars was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. There is no cure for sars it is treated by supportive measures. Corticosteroids, Alpha interferon and lopinavir/ritonavir have been used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For what length of time do cancer patients stay under quarantine when receiving radiation treatment?
Not long: It is rare to keep all contacts limited on patients just receiving radiation alone. With chemo or in transplant patients that is different story. Radiation is local treatment and rarely suppresses immune system so low by itself that requires quarantine. Follow up of blood work, keeping sick contact to minimum is a good course of action. Consult your doctor. ...Read more