Patients who travel to or from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are at the highest risk. It takes 21 days to develop symptoms after exposure. Typical symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Until symptoms arise, one is NOT contagious. People who have had close physical contact with an Ebola patient (contact with any body fluids) should be evaluated and the health department notified. There is no evidence at this time connecting airborne transfer of the virus.
If, by any chance you do come in contact with anyone suspected of having Ebola, hand washing is very important, as is not touching any mucous membranes or open wounds on your skin.
Since there is no cure or vaccines available at this time, the only treatment is supportive care.
For more information go to cdc.gov.
Cellulitis is one of the most common skin infections that we see in the office. Whereas it can occur anywhere on the body, most cases occur on the legs. By definition, it is an infectious disorder characterized by redness, swelling and pain. Risk factors for this include prior episodes of cellulitis, insect bites,lymphedema (swelling due to poor lymphatic drainage) and poor circulation. Because it is sometimes associated with Deep Venous Thrombophlebitis (blood clots) we usually order a Doppler sonogram to help with its diagnosis.
Treatment consists of antibiotics, warm (or cool) compresses and leg elevation. Most patients can be treated at home but sometimes severe cases need to be hospitalized.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is an infection caused by the Coronavirus. The first case in the United States was just discovered May 2, 2014. The first diagnosed patient was in Jordan in 2012 and has spread to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait.
This virus has been associated with fevers, respiratory symptoms and death, although milder cases have been reported. There is no vaccine or cure available at this time. Luckily, there is no evidence of sustained spread in community settings. If you develop a “cold” and have recently travelled to the Arabian Peninsula, please consult your physician or health department.
For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/interim-guidance.html. or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/infection-prevention-control.html.
You can also contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center directly if you have any questions. Their number is: (770) 488-7100.