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Differential dx of chicken pox and measles ?

Differential dx of chicken pox and measles ?

These 2 illnesses: both have rashes associated with them. However, the rashes look nothing alike. Chickenpox starts as red raised bumps, which then blister and then scab. The measles rash is flat red spots and slightly raised red spots, that sometimes are joined together, but not blistering. If you suspect that you or your child has either, you should contact your/their doctor to be examined. ...Read more

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Smallpox (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by viruses variola major and variola minor that was a significant cause of death before ...Read more


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Was smallpox truly eradicated?

Was smallpox truly eradicated?

Smallpox: All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So Smallpox would not return naturally. ...Read more

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Is smallpox contagious?

Yes: Viral particles from mouth sores or skin blisters are the infective material. It is passed only person to person, no animals or insect carriers. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

RLQ Pain: Long list including diverticulitis, crohn's disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, cholecystitis(gallbladder), ovarian cyst or twisted ovary, colon cancer, kidney stone, perforated ulcer, pancreatitis, bacterial infection and urinary tract infection to name a few. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for following pediatric fact pattern?

Confusing question: Your question makes no sense.Please submit appropriate basic facts and a clear question if you seek an answer.The questions are not linked on the site so each question should stand alone & be submitted as an open question, not to a specific person. ...Read more

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Is smallpox deadly?

Is smallpox deadly?

Yes: During its active years smallpox in general had a 30% case fatality rate, highest in children and older adults. Some subtypes with malignant or hemorrhagic smallpox approached a 100% fatality rate. ...Read more

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Is smallpox serious?

Yes and no: It's extremely serious if you get it. But since the disease has been eradicated frm the planet, it 's not a serious concern. ...Read more

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Is there a smallpox vaccine?

Is there a smallpox vaccine?

Smallpox Vaccine: The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. According to the CDC “The U.S. government has enough vaccine to vaccinate every person in the United States in the event of a smallpox emergency.” This is part of Emergency Prepared & Response for possible future bioterrorism (in aftermath of 9/11).**http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/facts.asp** ...Read more

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Id expert: what is differential of rickettsia typhi vs possible mystery diagnoses?

What is the question: Rickettsia typhi causes typhus and is what killed ricketts when he was about to leave mexico city after helping our neighbor with an epidemic. Have no clue what you mean by "possible mystery diagnoses". Is a mystery to me. ...Read more

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Diferential diagnosis between dengue fever and malaria.

Fever: If you are trying to differentiate dengue fever and malaria, check the fever. If it is periodic (comes an goes) especially if it comes every 12, 24 36 or 72 hours and lasts for a couple hours then resolves, it is probably malaria. If the fever comes and stays for a couple days then it is more likely dengue. ...Read more

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Is a diagnosis of Crohn's disease accurate without biopsy?

Crohn's: it is not completely possible to diagnose Crohn's without biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the differential diagnosis for fibromyalgia?

What is the differential diagnosis for fibromyalgia?

Too much to mention.: Fibromyalgia is a complex condition with associated allodynia or severe pain on pressure points which are widespread in the body, the differential diagnosis include depression, other types of myofascial pain stress related muscle spasms . Rather tan differential diagnosis, fibromyalgia is associated with a lot of somatic conditions like tmj. It usually is associated with sleep disturbances. ...Read more

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Is a childhood Hib vaccine valid for the meningitis requirement?

Is a childhood Hib vaccine valid for the meningitis requirement?

Childhood hib vaccin: Hib vaccine only protects the child against meningitis caused by hemophilus influenza.The vaccine required for meningitis and required in schools and in colleges is Meningococcal vaccine., which is diffrent than hib vaccine. ...Read more

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Is early diagnosis important? How is testicular cancer diagnosed?

Is early diagnosis important? How is testicular cancer diagnosed?

Testicular mass: Testicular cancer is most commonly diagnosed due to painless mass in the testicle. Testicular tumors can grow quite rapidly (with a doubling time of approximately 36 hours), so it is imperative that you see your physician urgently if you do feel mass in one (or both) of your testicles. He/she will be able to order the appropriate tests and get you in to a urologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Is the laiv vaccine an inactivated vaccine?

Is the laiv vaccine an inactivated vaccine?

No, it's alive: The live attenuated influenza vaccine (laiv) is a live-virus nasal spray flu vaccine. "attenuated" means the live-virus has been weakened so not to cause the flu in persons receiving the vaccine. Some people do get some sniffles or stuffy nose for 2-3 days, from the nasal spray FluMist vaccine. ...Read more

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What vaccine is used for smallpox?

What vaccine is used for smallpox?

Vaccina virus vac: Due to concerns about bioterrorism there is vaccine licensed for use in the us & used by the military and in limited civilian settings. General use in children stopped in 1972. For information on the vaccine see www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/smallpox/index.Asp. ...Read more

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Is early diagnosis important?

Is early diagnosis important?

6 sxs not to ignore!: Go get help immediately if: 1) Heart attack symptoms--chest pressure, pain, discomfort; pain radiating to back, arm, neck, jaw; sweating; nausea/vomiting 2) Stroke symptoms--weakness; unilateral numbness; confusion; slurred speech; dizziness; trouble seeing or with balance 3) Excruciating headache (worst ever) 4) Unconsciousness of any duration 5) Trouble breathing 6) Severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What clinical signs are required for a diagnosis of hypostatic pneumonia?

What clinical signs are required for a diagnosis of hypostatic pneumonia?

Excessive lying on b: Hypostatic pnumonia occurs in old and weak patients due to excessive lying in bed.It is the result of collection of fluid in the dorsal area of the lungs symptoms are 1discomfort or tightness in chest 2shallow breathibg 3cough 4spitting up mucus, sometimes with a little blood 5fever 6cyanosis(blue tinge in skin and mucous membranes) if not recognized and treated can end in respiratory failure. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for fetus with hydrops?

Hydrops fetalis (HF): Hf is divided into two major categories: immune hf and nonimmune hf. Immune hydrops fetalis is caused by rh incompatibility, and used to be the most common cause. All other causes of hf are termed non-immune and may be caused by chromosomal aberrations, other genetic disorders, infections, anemias, structural birth defects such as congenital heart disease, and many other causes. ...Read more