Infections and Infestations

Human Rabies Virus Spread, Death, Shots

Although rabies has posed a threat to animals and humans for centuries, the development of a vaccine in 1885 has greatly reduced the threat of human rabies especially in recent times. There are only about 2 to 3 cases of human rabies in the United States every year. However, popular media has ignited a fear that the rabies >> Read More ...

Yaws Infection, Causes, Stages, Symptoms, Treatment

Yaws is not a widely known disease and does not occur in the USA but this does not make it insignificant to Americans. With global travel patterns yaws should be a concern for every traveler and in particular for children. It can be transmitted through direct skin contact and may lead to severe disfigurement and >> Read More ...

Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis, Septicemia)

Meningococcal disease is a condition that most parents in the United States have become familiar with in recent times. Immunization against this disease is sometimes mandatory in settings where children and adolescents will be living in close proximity for an extended period of time, like at summer camp or in dormitories. >> Read More ...

Pinworm Infection Pictures, Symptoms, Testing, Treatment

What is often termed as an ‘itchy bum’ among children may be a symptom of a pinworm infection. It is not a serious condition but is very common occurrence among young children. However, older children, adolescents and adults may also be at risk of what is sometimes called ‘childhood worms’ if they >> Read More ...

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Types, Carriers, Locations, Dangers

Viruses are one of the most common infectious agents, causing disease in millions of people on a daily basis. We all get one or two viral infections in a year. The flu and common cold are frequently seen examples of infections caused by viruses. Most of us know that the flu and cold are not serious and rarely lead to >> Read More ...

Ebola Virus Outbreak, Spread, Symptoms, Recovery, Treatment

The 2014 outbreak of Ebola has caused a global scare, but this viral disease is not new. It was first identified in 1976, and it most likely has existed for far longer. Since 2000, there has been an outbreak almost every year. However, the current outbreak seems to be a worldwide concern as it is far more widespread than >> Read More ...

Giardia (Giardiasis) Bowel Infection Recovery, Diet, Treatment

Diarrheal illnesses due to infections are common throughout the world. Most are short-lived and do not lead to any serious complications. It may be caused by a number of different organisms, like viruses and bacteria. One of the most common of these organisms is a protozoan known asĀ  Giardia lamblia. However, many people >> Read More ...

Skin Worms (Cutaneous Filariasis) Types, Treatment, Prevention

Parasitic worms can infest just about any part of the body, and the skin is not immune to these organisms. The idea of a worm living in or under the skin may seem quite scary but these parasites are not the typical worms found in the soil. They are usually tiny organisms that reside in the body, either within an organ or >> Read More ...

Pet Diseases That Affect Humans (Dogs, Cats, Birds)

Humans have co-existed with animals for millenia. Pets primarily provide companionship and the dog, cat and bird are by far the most common pets for these reasons. Despite the fact that we live so closely with these animals, it is not entirely without any health risk. There are several infectious diseases that humans can >> Read More ...

Roundworms (Nematode Infection) Types, Symptoms, Treatment

There are many different types of parasitic worms that can infect humans. Roundworms are one such type. There are some 500,000 species of roundworms and about 60 are known to infect humans. It can infect a number of different organs in the human body, not only the digestive tract as is often though. Most infections are not >> Read More ...
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