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Deadly Diseases Common To The Outdoors – Be Informed

Spending time outdoors is great, but at the same time, it could expose you to fungi, bacteria, germs, and diseases, some of which are fatal. With this in mind, you have to be extra careful. Before you head out, be sure that you have some kind of protection, be it in the form of first aid kit, ointment, cream, or insect repellent lotion. It would be good if you bring enough drinking water so that you won’t have to rely on water in open spaces, which could be contaminated.

Here are deadly diseases common to the outdoors that you have to be aware of:

Giardiasis

This is an infection caused by a very tiny parasite known as Giardia duodenalis. You can get this disease when you get in contact with the stool of infected animals and contaminated surfaces, including water and uncooked food. You can even get the infection by swimming in dirty water.

Symptoms of this sickness include greasy stools, gas, cramps, nausea, fever, vomiting, and loss of appetite. You may not see the signs in 1 to 2 weeks, and the illness may last up to 6 weeks. If your immune system is weak, this infection could lead to more serious problems.

To avoid this disease, you should observe good hygiene when outdoors. It would also help if you treat water by boiling it.

Hantavirus

Hantavirus is an illness that you can get if you get in contact with the droppings, urine, saliva, or nesting materials of infected rodents, especially that of deer mice. It could also be due to rodent bites or drinking water and eating food that is contaminated.

This sickness starts with a high fever, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, as well as dry cough. It could eventually result in respiratory failure. As the lungs fill up with fluid, that’s when the disease gets fatal.


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