DISEASES ON THE RISE!
The resurgence of diseases once thought to be nearly eradicated is showing up again. This rising problem is of a major concern to both our health officials here in the United States, but also in countries around the world.
Diseases like whooping cough, scarlet fever and tuberculosis have risen sharply in the last few years.
THE BUBONIC PLAGUE
This plague, called the Black Death, killed over half of Europe s population in the middle ages, still has not been totally eradicated.
It has been said that as many as seventy-five million people lost their lives during the middle ages due to this disease. There are still areas of the world where people still experience this horrible disease.
This disease does not discriminate, taking and destroying men, women and children its wake.
Painful, swollen lymph nodes are a common occurrence with this deadly disease. After a few days to a week, headache, shaking, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and fever occur.
This killer can also infect the blood of its victim and the blood. It is said to have arrived in Europe around 1347, ships that were trading with different parts of the world during that period, were said to be the carriers of the “Black Death”.
HOW DOES A PERSON GET THE DISEASE
Usually, you get the plague from the bite of an
infected flea or rodent. In rare cases, from a piece of
contaminated clothing or other material used by a person with plague, enter the
body through an opening in the skin.
IS IT CONTAGIOUS?
The plague is rarely spread from person to person. Even in our modern times, sadly, this Black Death rears its ugly head in impoverished countries, where rodents are over running the inhabitants and infected people are not receiving the proper medical attention in time to save their lives.
But it is clearly a disease that cannot be spread about by human contact. Whenever a person is suspected of having the disease, there are antibiotics that can be very effective when the disease is caught in time.
Whooping cough is an infection that gets into your nose and throat. Some symptoms are coughing, sneezing, runny nose and fever. Most of the people that have this disease may have coughing spells, but everyone doesn’t have these.
Whooping cough can be extremely dangerous in younger children because during the coughing spells that occur with the disease, the child could actually stop breathing.
If doctors diagnose whooping cough early on, medications
can help cut down coughing and other symptoms. They can also help
prevent the infection from spreading to others.
The problem is that sometimes, diagnosis is made too late for the medicine to work at all. Don’t use over-the-counter cough medicine, they have little or no effect at all.
These bacteria are highly contagious, as it can be transmitted through the air, or contact with sputum of a person that has it.
Most effected are persons are those that have a weakened immune system, children whose immune system is not yet capable of handling this disease account for more than half of those infected.
Usually, the symptoms of this disease tend to appear between five and 10 days after infection. It is common, in the early stages, to
experience flu-like or cold-like symptoms. This includes a sore throat
and a fever. However, what actually characterizes whooping cough is that the
cough persists even when other symptoms disappear. Sometimes, the
cough is so persistent that people do not have time to properly breathe.
THE DANGERS OF WHOOPING COUGH
Whooping cough can be lethal. This is why you need to know what whooping cough is and how can
you prevent it. Early detection is vital so that
complications can be avoided. Complications directly associated with whooping cough are:
– Pneumonia if the bacteria gets to the lungs
– Bleeding in the eye due to tension caused by the cough
– Seizures due to lack of oxygen to the brain
The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, moderate to high fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash.
Kid ages 5 and up may be at risk of getting this very dangerous disease, which is related to strep throat. The disease gets its name from the bright red rash that develops on the victim which is its trademark. If left untreated it causes harm to the heart, kidneys and other parts of the body.