Infections

leprosy

Leprosy: Can you get leprosy from armadillos?

Leprosy is an infectious disease characterized by disfiguring skin lesions, peripheral nerve damage, and progressive debilitation. Leprosy is common in many countries in the world, and in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Approximately 100 cases per year are diagnosed in the U.S. Most cases are limited to the South, California, Hawaii, and U.S. island possessions. …

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Treating a fever: How to know when a fever is normal or abnormal and what to do

A fever is defined as a temperature 1° or more above the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or 37 degrees Celsius (C). Mild or short-term elevations in body temperature are common with minor infections. High fevers, with temperatures of 103° and above, can signal a potentially dangerous infection. Contact your doctor in case of a …

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