Scrub Typhus - nasty

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Scrub Typhus - nasty

Unread post by nilla60 » May 14th, 2017, 6:31 pm

While I wouldn't change travel plans as this is still rare, it's worth being aware of the different exotic bugs in the tropics and the symptoms that might otherwise be dissed as being a bit of the flu. Scrub typhus is nasty, but once diagnosed easy to treat and the sooner you get treated, the less damage. Interesting the potential link with "sickness country".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-13/t ... us/8521630

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Re: Scrub Typhus - nasty

Unread post by typhoeus » May 14th, 2017, 7:44 pm

hey! watch it! I'm no scrub bug!

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Re: Scrub Typhus - nasty

Unread post by hoyks » May 18th, 2017, 6:03 pm

This it the one that scares me.

Mammalian meat allergy (MMA)

Becoming a Veg-o or death?..... give me a minute, its a big choice to make.

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/ ... 951271.htm

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Re: Scrub Typhus - nasty

Unread post by cmar » June 24th, 2017, 8:27 am

Melioidosis is the one that would concern me more, it is endemic in North Qld and the NT, and has even been seen as far south as Brisbane when there are unusually wet warm conditions.

It can kill, and kill fast, symptoms and signs tend to be just flu like in the early stages, and it requires an astute doctor familiar with the area to include it in a diferential diagnosis, as rapid antibiotic treatment is required.

So if you are playing in the mud in NQ or NT, and suffer from diabetes or other chronic illnesses, be careful to wear protective gear, cover open cuts and grazes, and wash up ASAP.

For those who like to travel to Asia it is also endemic in most of SE Asia, particularly Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam etc.
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Re: Scrub Typhus - nasty

Unread post by cmar » June 24th, 2017, 8:28 am

Vego or death?

In my case they would probably equate to one and the same!
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Re: Scrub Typhus - nasty

Unread post by Alan79 » December 30th, 2017, 6:27 am

At least if you pick up this horrible affliction you can still eat chicken and fish cmar. So it might not be a life sentenced to veganism.

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