Strange ways to contract rare diseases

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13 Responses to “Strange ways to contract rare diseases”

  1. GawainLavers says:

    Huh.  I remember the drum thing: in fact, I’d thought that most cases of anthrax derived from dermal contact.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Being a hippie can be hazardous to your health.  Yoga mats are a notorious source of MRSA.

  3. dayhat says:

    blood borne viruses from the bone fragments of suicide bombers would have to be my suggestion for unusual disease vectors (theoretical but no cases to date):
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15664591

  4. dayhat says:

    There was also that rash of anthrax in Scotland from IVDU in 2009, the thoughts were that the spores got into the heroin from skins used to wrap the heroin for transport out of the middle east. 

    http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/drug-users-in-europe-are-dying-from-heroin-contaminated-with-anthrax

  5. peregrinus says:

    Candidiasis.  Leads to false accusations of venereal disease transmission.

    http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=icwdmbirdcontrol

    Pigeons are dangerous.

  6. Lefty68 says:

    Interesting article. Less snark about hippies and more information about how to disinfect a drum head would have made it better.

    • Nicholas Brody says:

      I’m pretty sure you should just burn it.  That’ll do the trick.

    • rebeccakreston says:

      Hey Lefty68, Body Horrors here. If you scroll down to my Resources section at the end of the article, there is a very handy fact-sheet from the CDC for percussionists and drum makers on how to deal with drums made of animal hides. 

      Though I have to agree with Nick, you should just burn them: the spores are nearly indestructible and make the drums nearly impossible to disinfect. Find more info from the CDC here: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/faq/pelt.asp

  7. showme says:

    Actually, the article doesn’t say that most anthrax infections come from eating tainted meat; it says that most GASTROINTESTINAL infections come from tainted meat. “Inhalational and cutaneous infection are much more common” than gastrointestinal infections.

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