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What disease is caused by the smallpox virus?

What disease is caused by the smallpox virus?

Smallpox: There were 2 clinical types of smallpox. Variola minor was less severe than Variola Major. Smallpox from Variola Minor had a death rate of 1% or less. 90% or > unvaccinated smallpox cases fell under the category of “ordinary Smallpox”. The overall fatality rate for Smallpox was 30%. Malignant (AKA flat) Smallpox made up 5 to 10% of cases, was usually fatal & mostly effected children. > ...Read more

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Legionnaires' Disease (Definition)

A type of pneumonia (lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection) caused by legionella bacteria. ...Read more


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Is the disease elephantiasis caused by an eubacterium, roundworm, or virus?

Is the disease elephantiasis caused by an eubacterium, roundworm, or virus?

Roundworm: Wucharia bancrofti is a typical cause of elephantiasis but in the us chronic lymph edema from venous disease which can look like elephantiasis is much more common. ...Read more

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What disease are caused by trichophyton?

What disease are caused by trichophyton?

Fungal infection: Trichophyton can cause athletes foot, fungus of the nails as well as the hair. ...Read more

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What is a disease caused by microbe that is uncommon?

What is a disease caused by microbe that is uncommon?

Diphtheria: A disease that is uncommon in our country, the USA, is Diphtheria. This disease once infected thousands of children and caused thousands of deaths. The reason it is uncommon in our country now is because of vaccinations, specifically the DPT vaccine. Diphtheria still occurs worldwide, in tropical countries. CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/dip.pdf ...Read more

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What is an influenza and what disease is caused by it?

What is an influenza and what disease is caused by it?

Known as "the flu": influenza is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus (there isn't "an influenza"). Typical symptoms: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, cough, fatigue. It spreads through the air from coughs/sneezes or touching contaminated surfaces. Yearly preventive immunizations are effective. Treatment: rest, fluids, fever/pain relievers. Antivirals may help if given early ...Read more

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What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

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What kind of arthritis is caused by Lyme disease?

Specific: It is specific to Lyme disease is called Lyme Disease arthritis. It is not rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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What disease is caused by holosystolic murmurs?

What disease is caused by holosystolic murmurs?

Murmurs: Holosystolic murmurs are heart sounds associated with insufficiency of the atrioventricular valves and ventricular septal defects. There are other possible holosystolic murmurs but these are the bulk of them. The murmur is purely sound and causes no problem. The physiologic problem causing the sounds is what causes the problem. ...Read more

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What disease is caused by holosystolic murmurs?

What disease is caused by holosystolic murmurs?

Murmurs: Holosystolic murmurs are heart sounds associated with insufficiency of the atrioventricular valves and ventricular septal defects. There are other possible holosystolic murmurs but these are the bulk of them. The murmur is purely sound and causes no problem. The physiologic problem causing the sounds is what causes the problem. ...Read more

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Can heart disease be caused by a virus? Is heart disease ever caused by something like a virus? .

Can heart disease be caused by a virus? Is heart disease ever caused by something like a virus?

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Yes: Virus can cause muscle damage and a weak heart muscle called a cardiomyopathy. May be temporary or permanent. Viral titers in the right clinical setting would help support the diagnosis but not neccesary. Usually a clinical DX or a DX of exclusion. ...Read more

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Bipolar is caused by what?

Bipolar is caused by what?

Parental expectation: In addition to the "genetic" component and imbalanced chemicals in the brain, some bipolar patients had parents who had unrealistic expectations of them and "broke their hearts" by appearing to love them more for what they could accomplish than for who they were. "conditional love" hurts and sometimes the price paid by the often talented child will be difficulty following through on "achieving.". ...Read more

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What is legionnaires disease?

What is legionnaires disease?

Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. You can't catch legionnaires' disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get legionnaires' disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly suscep. ...Read more

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Is Huntington's disease caused by a mutation?

Is Huntington's disease caused by a mutation?

Yes: HD is a truely dominantly inherited condition caused by an unstable expanded CAG trinucleotide repeat in exon 1 of the HD gene on chromosome 4. ...Read more

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What causes legionnaires disease?

What causes legionnaires disease?

Legionella sp.: Legionella pneumophilia is the bacteria that causes legionaires' disease. It was first recognized when it caused an epidemic of pneumonia at a pennsylvania state american legion convention in philadelphia in 1976. Thus the name. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

No: Although legionnaires' can have long-term effects, particularly on the elderly or the chronically ill, these effects are typically fatigue or neurologic symptoms. In the immunosuppressed (hiv patients, those on certain medications, or the severely ill), the bacterium has been known to spread to several organs only on very rare occasions, and no involvement of the uterus has been reported. ...Read more

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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a premature birth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a premature birth?

See below: According to our infectious disease consultants, the literature on legionnaires disease does not mention a link with premature birth. However, any maternal inflammation or fever increases the risk for preterm labor. Please talk to your ob/gyn soon. ...Read more

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What is legionnaires disease?

Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. You can't catch legionnaires' disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get legionnaires' disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly suscep. ...Read more

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What is legionnaires' disease?

A type of pneumonia: It is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called legionella. This bacterium likes to grow in standing water such as in air conditioning units. ...Read more

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Is legionnaires' disease common?

Is legionnaires' disease common?

No: The bacteria that causes legionaires' disease requires a moist environment to grow. Most cases have been associated with ccontaminate air conditioning units. ...Read more

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How do you get legionnaires disease?

Legionnaire's Dz: The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila causes most cases of Legionnaire's Disease & is spread when microscopic water drops are inhaled. ...Read more

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How is legionnaires' disease treated?

How is legionnaires' disease treated?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics used to treat legionaires' disease include erythromycin, azithromycin, tetracycline, doxycycline, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, Moxifloxacin and clarithromycin. If the patient is severely ill they are hospitalized and given supportive care. ...Read more

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How is legionnaires disease transmitted?

Ihalation: The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila causes most cases of Legionnaire's Disease & is spread when microscopic water drops are inhaled. ...Read more

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What are signs of legionnaires' disease?

What are signs of legionnaires' disease?

Cough, SOB ,fever: Legionaires' disease cannot accurately be differentiated from other forms of pneumonia based on signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. Muscle aches, diarrhea, confusion, low sodium and phosphorus levels and elevated liver enzymes arealso common findings in legionaires' disease. ...Read more

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Is legionnaires' disease easy to diagnose?

Is legionnaires' disease easy to diagnose?

No: Presentation includes respiratory symptoms such as cough (may not be productive) and sob, fever, chills, and chest pain. Other symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. May also be characterized by a fever with a pulse-temperature dissociation, nonproductive cough, few pulmonary symptoms, diarrhea, hyponatremia, and elevated ast and alt. ...Read more

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How did legionnaires' disease get its name?

How did legionnaires' disease get its name?

American Legion: During the bicentennial in 1976, american legion members held a convention in philadelphia. Many of them became ill and some died from a previously unknown infectious agent. The culprit in legionaires' disease was a "new" germ, later named, in honor of the legionaires, "legionella pneumophila.". ...Read more

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How does a person get legionnaires' disease?

How does a person get legionnaires' disease?

Water supplies: This is very rare, but typically from stagnant water supplies like collecting cistern on rooftops. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of legionnaires disease?

What are the symptoms of legionnaires disease?

Pneumonia: Generally, patients have pneumonia: difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, weight loss. They are sometimes called "walking pneumonia" since you are sick, but not usually in a hospital. ...Read more

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How common is legionnaires' disease in the us?

How common is legionnaires' disease in the us?

3200 per year: There are somewhere in the range of 3200 cases reported each year -- but reported cases and actual cases are not necessarily the same number. Many consider this one of the top 3 causes of community acquire pneumonia. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of legionnaires disease?

What are the main symptoms of legionnaires disease?

Symptoms: Legionnaires' disease usually develops two to 14 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. It frequently begins with the following signs and symptoms: headache, muscle pain, chills, fever that may be 104 f (40 c) or higher by the second or third day, you'll develop other signs and symptoms that may include: cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood, shortness of breath, +/- GI symptom. ...Read more

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Can someone get legionnaires disease more than once?

Yes: This is a lung infection from inhaling (not person to person contact) the legionella bacteria. Most outbreaks are from plumbing systems in poorly maintained buildings or through contaminated soil (such as gardeners). Like any bacterial infection it can recur. Risk of recurrence increases if you smoke, are older (65 years), have chronic lung disease or repeated exposure. ...Read more

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Is legionnaires' disease spread from person to person?

No: People can get it from the same exposure - conference rooms with contaminated a/c, baths and jacuzzis etc. It is not spread from person to person. ...Read more

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Should a person with legionnaires disease be isolated?

No: The cdc says legionnaire's is not transmitted person-to-person, and my experience with the pathology of the disease and my knowledge of the nature of outbreaks makes me believe that this is true. ...Read more

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