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Doctor insights on: Simian Parainfluenza Virus 5

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How can somebody in west Africa prevent his self from contracting ebola virus?

How can somebody in west Africa prevent his self from contracting ebola virus?

Isolation: Avoid areas where the disease is occurring. Stay away from infected individuals and corpses of victims of the disease. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

Virus: If they're all named with the same genus because they are related. Chicken pox is a herpesvirus; the rule only works with the latin names. These viruses mutate and gene-swap so that's how they can 'jump species' and change from being zoonotic to affecting humans. ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

Type 2: If you are speaking of 'genital' herpes, it is typically type 2, although the possibility of type 1 causing genital lesions is well documented. ...Read more

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How can humans contract the HIV virus?

How can humans contract the HIV virus?

HIV: Hiv can be transmitted via anal ; oral sex, blood transfusion, use of contaminated needles, breastfeeding ; during pregnancy ; delivery. ...Read more

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Sacral herpes - just as contagious ?

Sacral herpes  - just as contagious ?

YES: If the person takes 1 valacyclovir or acyclovir a day she will be less cantagious but not complete protection. This med can also be used at onset of any attack to make it less severe. Herpes virus will be present on the skin sometimes when there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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Oral sex with unknown, continuous 5month low grade fever, lymph nodes, sore throat, 107 da HIV eia negative HIV PCR RNA not detected, what other std?

Oral sex with unknown, continuous 5month low grade fever, lymph nodes, sore throat, 107 da HIV eia negative HIV PCR RNA not detected, what other std?

NOT STD: As you have been told this is not an STD. But, it could be an infectious disease. That list is hundreds of possibilities long and will include testing for lymphoma, leukemia, other blood cell cancers, and all of the possible non-STD infectious diseases. It is time to sign off of the internet and to see your doctor for the appropriate testing or infectious disease consultation. ...Read more

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What virus acts like cellulitis?

What virus acts like cellulitis?

Cellulitis is: a medical condition. A virus is a pathogen. They are two different entities. ...Read more

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Are guinea worm infections almost eradicated?

Are guinea worm infections almost eradicated?

Almost: President Carter has been leading the effort to eradicate guinea worm. You may consult this site for information: https://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html ...Read more

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Med assit called and my throat culture was haemophilus parainfluenza 2. Worried because I don't know what this means. amoxicillin for 7 days so far.

Med assit called and my throat culture was haemophilus parainfluenza 2. Worried because I don't know what this means. amoxicillin for 7 days so far.

H. parainfluenzae: Haemophilus parainfluenzae, is a common bacteria found normally in the oropharynx. It probably is NOT the germ responsible for your pharyngitis, although I hope by now after 7 days of antibiotics you're better. Various viruses (mono) and bacteria (Strep A) would be on my list - were they checked for? A related bacteria known as Haemophilus influenzae IS a pathogen (a real germ) but u don't have it ...Read more

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If someone has ludwig's angina, can they infect someone? Like kissing or sharing water?

If someone has ludwig's angina, can they infect someone? Like kissing or sharing water?

They're infected: Ludwig's angina is a bilateral multi-space neck infection that is dangerous to the patient because it can compromise their ability to breathe. This can be life-threatening so they need immediate treatment for this overwhelming infection. La can result from badly infected teeth and pus may drain into the mouth spontaneously. Though the infections may not be communicable, avoid sharing germs. ...Read more

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65 yo f. 4 mo. Occ. Violent cough, low grade fever, malaise, and occ. Ant. Ha 4/10 . Lives in desert. Neg cocci, ppd, & pertussis. Ebv+age 15. Thanks.

65 yo f. 4 mo. Occ. Violent cough, low grade fever, malaise, and occ. Ant. Ha 4/10 . Lives in desert. Neg cocci, ppd, & pertussis. Ebv+age 15. Thanks.

Complex issue: Chronic cough has many causes. Ask you doctor if reflux could be the cause, and if so, would it be appropriate to do a 48 hour wireless pH study (Bravo device) off medication to see if the cough coreates to reflux episodes. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 14M baby boy got Rotavirus (moderated) only 1 event of diarrhea for 5 days, no fever or vomit, was well; however he was vaccinated, is that common?

My 14M baby boy got Rotavirus (moderated) only 1 event of diarrhea for 5 days, no fever or vomit, was well; however he was vaccinated, is that common?

Not 100% effective: The vaccine (depending which one) is >95% effective, but you always have a risk 2-5% of getting the virus. If you had the vaccine it is likely that the illness will be less severe. ...Read more

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Is encephalitis contagious?

Is encephalitis contagious?

Depends: Infectious encephalitis caused by borelia, viruses (yellow fever, hemorrhagic fever viruses), rickettsiae are contagious, but often require the presence of a vector, usually a mosquito or a tick that will transfer the pathogen from the infected person to the healthy one. ...Read more

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What does west nile rash look like?

What does west nile rash look like?

Rash: About 20% of people who are infected w west nile virus may develop a rash. The rash is variable ; may be maculopapular or macular. Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. An article entitled “characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever” indicated that 33% of people w a rash had pruritus. ...Read more

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Sat in same room as 2 sick kids. Neither sneezed, coughed or touched ne thing. If they have d-68 what r chances I caught it?

Sat in same room as 2 sick kids. Neither sneezed, coughed or touched ne thing. If they have d-68 what r chances I caught it?

Enterovirus: The human enteroviruses (Poliovirus, the prototypical enterovirus) are ubiquitous viruses that are transmitted from person to person via direct contact with virus shed from the gastrointestinal or upper respiratory tract. If you did not come in direct contact with their secretions, the risk of contagion is very low. If you develop any cold or flu like symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could Scarlet fever be contracted by drinking contaminated water?

Could Scarlet fever be contracted by drinking contaminated water?

Contagious: The bacteria that causes scarlet fever can be spread through nasal or throat fluids by sneezing or coughing. If there is a child with scarlet fever or strep throat, other people should avoid sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils with the infected child. Washing hands is very important to minimize infectious spread. Public water sources should not be a source of infection. ...Read more

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Parainfluenza Virus (Definition)

Parainfluenza viruses can cause upper and lower respiratory infections including bronchitis, ...Read more