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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


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What are the risks of having the bird flu virus?

What are the risks of having the bird flu virus?

Worse flu: Generally people infected with avian flu have a rockier course than routine seasonal flu - however, even season flu can be life threatening. Avian flu outbreaks (which are usually start amongst people in repeated close contact with infected birds) are rare and thus far have been well contained to prevent a lot of person to person spread. ...Read more

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There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

2014 – 2015 Flu Shot: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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What are the other ways to prevent transmission of herpes virus type2 aside from abstinence and condom?

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What are the other ways to prevent transmission of herpes virus type2 aside from abstinence and condom?

Not 100%: If you have frequent outbreaks, suppressive medication can be used to reduce the risk of transmission; however, since the risk reduction is not 100%, it is hard to make this recommendation. ...Read more

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What's the chance of HIV transmission from using mouthwash?

What's the chance of HIV transmission from using mouthwash?

HIV is Hard to Get: There is no chance of getting HIV by using mouthwash. Hiv is transmitted by direct exposure from semen to blood or blood to blood among humans. It does not live in air or fluids such as water or mouthwash. ...Read more

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How are the swine flu and the bird flu distinguished from each other?

How are the swine flu and the bird flu distinguished from each other?

Flu: The names and types of are often related to the living source in which the flu lives chronically, called endemic source. Swine flu (also called h1n1) is endemic in pigs and avian or bird flu (h5n1) resides in birds. How the different influenzas are transmitted to humans and the symptoms produced depends on a lot of factors. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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What has been done to control or eliminate the possible spread of the avian influenza (bird flu)?

What has been done to control or eliminate the possible spread of the avian influenza (bird flu)?

Low risk: This is not transmitted from person to person at this time, so only the rare occurrence of close contact with infected birds has resulted in human disease. Many birds have been sacrificed to limit spread in the poultry industry when it's been identified. ...Read more

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Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Yes, but...: Note also that "flu vaccine" specifically covers influenza virus (and only targeted strains at that), where as people often refer to the "flu" during "flu season" as any viral illness (there are lots of other viruses which can cause fever and other symptoms besides influenza!). This is a large contributor to the misconception that someone's annual flu vaccine "didn't work". ...Read more

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How are the regular flu and swine flu distinguished from each other?

How are the regular flu and swine flu distinguished from each other?

Seasonal v swine flu: Swine flu typically presents with rapid onset (3 to 5 hours) with a fever (, > 100°), chills, headache, severe aches and pain, fatigue, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea and possibly vomiting. Seasonal flu usually presents over several days with a high fever (102-104°); with severe muscle aches & pains, exhaustion, non-productive cough with nasal congestion, sneezing>>. ...Read more

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What is my risk of contracting food borne illnesses?

What is my risk of contracting food borne illnesses?

Depends: With proper handling of food your risks are low. All foods should be handled carefully, properly & with caution. Wash foods appropriately and avoid eating raw unwashed foods. Use precautions when handling chicken & clean up appropriately. Fish, chicken and pork should be cooked appropriatley. Leafy vegetables and root vegetables and others should be thoroughly washed. Be careful and be safe! ...Read more

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How are the regular flu and the swine flu distinguished from each other?

How are the regular flu and the swine flu distinguished from each other?

Check it out: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate:http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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Is there a chance of HIV transmission by sex fluid contact below the pectinate lining of anus ?

Is there a chance of HIV transmission by sex fluid contact below the pectinate lining of anus ?

Get tested: It is possible, especially if there was a break in the skin where infected body fluid contacted. If you have any doubt get tested. ...Read more

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Does the current flu vaccine protect you against the stomach flu?

Does the current flu vaccine protect you against the stomach flu?

No: Current vaccine protects against various influenza viruses which affect the respiratory system. Ie lungs. Different from the GI tract viruses. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to spread the flu from getting a vaccine?

Are there any ways to spread the flu from getting a vaccine?

Theoretically...: The injectable flu vaccine is made from killed flu virus--so no, the "flu shot" can not spread the flu. The nasal spray flu vaccine (flumist) is a live, weakened mixture of 3 different flu viruses. It has been "engineered not to cause the flu", yet one of the precautions is that persons with a weakened immune system should not obtain it. So, theoretically, a person with a weak immune system might. ...Read more

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Most trusted means of getting rid of a stomach virus?

Most trusted means of getting rid of a stomach virus?

It will pass: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration.Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How are swine flu and normal flu distinguished from each other?

Vaccines: Just like the name implies swine flu starts with pigs and normal flu (flu passed from person to person) would be the difference. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If flu shot vaccines are created from last year's flu, how can it protect against a different stem of the flu?

If flu shot vaccines are created from last year's flu, how can it protect against a different stem of the flu?

There are 3 strains: Every year a bunch of experts meet and decide what strains to put in the flu vaccine for the next season. They usually put in 3 different types, almost always one from the preceding year, and then two others that they decide on based on many factors. There is talk that they may start trying to use 5 strains in the next few years. Anyway, you should get a flu shot every year! ...Read more

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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


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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more