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Do staph infections cause tb?

Do staph infections cause tb?

No: Staphylococcus and tuberculosis are 2 unrelated bacteria species that have nothing to do with each other. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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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 fungus infections cause lung infections?

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Sometimes: Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis. If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks. ...Read more

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Are staphylococcal infections deadly?

Are staphylococcal infections deadly?

They can be.: Staphylococcus is a bacteria that can cause either local or widespread infection. If staph infects the blood stream and causes damage of organs, this is called sepsis and it can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are toxoplasma infections common in the southern u.S.?

Are toxoplasma infections common in the southern u.S.?

Everywhere: Wherever there is cat feces (domestic, wild, lions, tigers), there is plenty of toxoplasmosis. Eating undercooked meat is another important way to meet the organism. Toxoplasmosis usually gets missed clinically; its frequency in a community depends on physician index of suspicion. ...Read more

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Are bladder infections bacteria or viruses?

Are bladder infections bacteria or viruses?

Mostly Bacterial: Bacteria are much more common, especially ecoli. Viruses are the rare cause of bladder infection in an immunocompetent person, while they are increasing among immunocompromised patients especially in hemorrhagic cystitis, a type of bladder inflammation. Bk virus, adenovirus, and cytomegalovirus are the main ones. No matter what, bacterial bladder infection is much more common. ...Read more

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Are eye infections contagious? Which infections are? How many diff infections are there

Are eye infections contagious? Which infections are? How many diff infections are there

Hundreds: Yes they can be contagious. There are 100's of causes. The most common is viral, then bacterial, the fungal. ...Read more

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Are yeast infections contagious?

Are yeast infections contagious?

Yes: Yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease. But partners do the potential to infect each other. ...Read more

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What are viral, fungal, protozoan disease?

What are viral, fungal, protozoan disease?

Too big: This requires extensive explanation, but the bottom line is that these are diseases caused by different types of organisms, the ones that you mention. ...Read more

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Are streptococcal infections higher in under-developed countries?

Are streptococcal infections higher in under-developed countries?

Ubiquitous: Strep is ubiquitous, meaning it's everywhere. In famine countries, infections in general are more prevalent because the people, in their poor state of health, are more susceptible to infections. This does not mean you're more likely to contract an illness. Wash your hands, boil your water, and keep wounds clean. ...Read more

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Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in third world countries?

Yes. They can be.: Rotavirus causes around 500, 000 deaths annually in kids under the age of 5, almost all of which occur in 3rd world countries. It is spread by fecal oral route and causes copious diarrhea and vomiting which then causes severe dehydration and even death secondary to this dehydration. Clean water an sanitary conditions would prevent most deaths. ...Read more

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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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Can simple skin fungal infection become deadly in immune-compromised people?

Can simple skin fungal infection become deadly in immune-compromised people?

Potentially: If the 'fungus' is untreated; and the person is indeed immunocompromised then potentially yes; rare, but it occurs. ...Read more

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Are sinus infections contaigous?

Are sinus infections contaigous?

No: Most sinuses infections are caused by viral upper respiratory infections. The viruses are contagious, the bacterial sinus infection that results is far less contagious. ...Read more

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How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

Not quantified: Secondary bacterial infections are common enough to make most of the lists of complications of ebv that leads to infectious mononucleosis, but i could not find that a case rate had been published at this time (i.e. A percentage of cases that develop secondary infections). The illness does cause relative immune compromise through splenic inflammation and neutropenia in some cases. ...Read more

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