HLTA01 - Chapter 1

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Caroline Barakat

HLTA01 Plagues and People: Chapter 1 Nature of Plagues - Legionnaires disease was feared as an epidemic - Air was implicated as the probable pathway of spread of the disease (aspiration of bacteria – legionella) - Aspiration is produced by choking o Symptoms  High fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and pains  Dry coughs, chest pains, shortness of breath, vomiting and diarrhea  Fluid filled lungs with pus, confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, loss of memory - Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – possibly spread through STD’s o Symptoms  Nausea, chills, diarrhea, headache, and sore throat  High temperature, fast heart beat, increasing red rash, fallen blood pressure, and brownish discharge in pelvic exam - Multi organ failure o Low blood pressure, hepatitis, renal insufficiency, internal blood clots o Apparently caused by a certain brand of tampons (carboxymethyl cellulose with polyester) - SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome o Symptoms  Fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty breathing o 8000+ cases and over 800 deaths in 27 countries (every continent) - Diseases are more likely to spread now due to advances in technology as well as growth in population Living Off
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