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Drain Cleaner Diseases Involving Sewerage
In the process of cleaning, unclogging or repairing a clog drain
or backed tub line, kitchen sink, bath room shower drain, or
sewer line. Keep in mind the health concerns.
The following is a list of diseases caused by
contact through air borne or direct and or sewage contaminated.
Campylobacteriosis - Campylobacteriosis is the most common diarrheal illness in the United
States. The infection is caused by the bacterium Campylobacter. While some people exhibit
no symptoms, clinical manifestations include bloody diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, nausea,
vomiting and fever within 2 to 5 days after exposure to the organism. In the immunocompromised,
Campylobacter occasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes a life-threatening infection.
Cryptosporidiosis - A disease caused by the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium parvum. It is
protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time
and makes it very resistant to chlorine disinfection. Cryptosporidiosis (also known as "Crypto")
is the most common waterborne disease in the United States. The parasite is found in every region
of the United States and throughout the world. While some people exhibit no symptoms, most experience
diarrhea, loose or watery stools, stomach cramps, upset stomach, and a slight fever.
Escherichia coli Diarrhea - Also known as "diarrheogenic E. coli," a disease caused by Escherichia coli
bacteria of many different serotypes, including E.coli O157:H7. Escherichia coli can be transmitted by
contaminated water or by person-to-person via the fecal-oral route. While some people exhibit no symptoms,
most experience watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. In 2-7% of
those who acquire E.coli O157:H7 infection, hemolytic uremic syndrome may develop, causing kidney failure
and sometimes death. This syndrome occurs particularly in children under the age of 5, the elderly, and
those with weakened immune systems. Some E. coli serotypes are thought to cause chronic diarrhea in
Encephalitis - Two acute, inflammatory viral diseases (St. Louis Encephalitis and West Nile Virus Encephalitis)
are transmitted via the bite of infected mosquitoes, primarily of the Culex species. Culex mosquitoes prefer to
lay their eggs in heavily polluted water such as that contaminated by sewage. These viruses are amplified during
periods of adult mosquito blood-feeding by continuous transmission between mosquito vectors and bird reservoir
hosts. Infectious mosquitoes carry viruses in their salivary glands and infect susceptible birds during
blood-feeding. Some birds will sustain the virus in their blood stream for one to four days subsequent to
exposure, after which they develop life-long immunity. A sufficient number of mosquitoes must feed on an infected
bird to ensure that some survive the period during which the blood meal is digested to feed again on another
susceptible bird. People are not known to develop infectious levels of the virus, and thus cannot propagate the
reservoir-host infection cycle. Most people exhibit no symptoms, and the diseases are of short duration. However,
in severe infections symptoms can include high fever with head and body aches, stiff neck, muscle weakness,
disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, coma or paralysis. The illness can be severe
for infants, the elderly, and those who are immunocompromised. No vaccine exists for encephalitis.
ShigellosisGastroenteritis - Viral gastroenteritis, also known as "stomach flu," is an infection caused by any of a number
of viruses including rotaviruses, adenoviruses, caliciviruses, astroviruses, Norwalk virus, and a group of
Norwalk-like viruses. However, it is not caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, vomiting,
headache, fever, and abdominal cramps. Generally, symptoms begin 1 to 2 days after infection, and my last
for 1 to 10 days, depending on the virus involved. The illness can be severe for infants, young children, and
those who are disabled, elderly, or immunocompromised, if they cannot drink enough fluids to replace what they
lose through vomiting or diarrhea.
Giardiasis - A disease caused by the one-celled microscopic parasite Giardia intestinalis (also known as Giardia
lamblia). The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods
of time. Giardiasi is one of the most common waterborne diseases in the United States. The parasite is found in
every region of the United States and the world. While some people exhibit no symptoms, most experience diarrhea,
loose or watery stools, stomach cramps, and upset stomach.
Hepatitis A - A liver disease caused by the virus Hepatitis A. Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain,
loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, and fever. Adults will exhibit symptoms of Hepatitis A more often than children.
About 15% of those infected will have prolonged or relapsing symptoms over a 6-9 month period. One-third of Americans
are immune to Hepatitis A because of past infection.
Methaemoglobinaemia - Methaemoglobinaemia (also known as "blue-baby syndrome") is a poisoning that can occur in infants
during the first few months of life due to ingestion of well water high in nitrates. Improperly designed septic systems
installed in sandy soils are known to cause nitrate contamination of groundwater. Infants who breast-feed can be poisoned
if their mothers drink water high in nitrates. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blueness of the skin, and death can
occur within a few days. An infant's stomach has a different pH than that of adults and older children. Poisoning occurs
when the infant's stomach converts nitrate to nitrite, which interferes with the oxygen-carrying capacity of its blood.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a maximum contaminant level for nitrate in drinking water of 10
milligrams per liter, expressed as Nitrogen, or 45 milligrams per liter, expressed as Nitrate. Boiling of water does not
remove nitrates; it only increases the concentration.
Poliomyelitis - A disease caused by the Poliomylitis virus. While most exposed people exhibit no symptoms, some experience
sore throat, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, and occasionally diarrhea. However, less than 1% of
those infected suffer paralysis. Most recover completely, and muscle function returns to some degree. However, any weakness
or paralysis that remains 12 months after infection is usually permanent.
Salmonellosis - A disease caused by a group of bacteria called Salmonella, the most common of which are Salmonella
typhimurium and Salmonella enteritidis. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, the disease can be severe for infants,
young children, and those who are disabled, elderly, or immunocompromised, if they cannot drink enough fluids to replace what
they lose through vomiting or diarrhea. Left untreated, Salmonella can spread from the intestines to the blood stream, to other
sites, and can cause death.
Shigellosis - Shigellosis (also known as "Bacillary Dysentery") is caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Shigella
sonnei and Shigella flexneri account for most of the Shigellosis in the United States. While some people experience no symptoms,
most develop bloody diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after exposure. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 to 7
days, but it can be severe for infants, young children, and those who are disabled, elderly, or immunocompromised, if they cannot
drink enough fluids to replace what they lose through diarrhea. A severe infection with high fever may lead to seizures in children
less than 2 years old.
Paratyphoid Fever - A disease caused by a group of bacteria called Salmonella paratyphi. Symptoms are similar to that of
Typhoid Fever, but are milder, with fewer deaths.
Typhoid Fever - A disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi, which lives only in the bloodstream and intestinal tract of
humans. Symptoms include a sustained fever as high as 104ºF, weakness, cough, stomach pains, headache, and loss of appetite. Some
patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. Persons given antibiotics usually begin to feel better within 2 to 3 days, and
death rarely occurs. Fever can continue for weeks and months in those who do not receive antibiotics. Of those not treated 20% will
die from complications related to the infection. A small number of people, known as carriers, recover from Typhoid Fever but continue
to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed Salmonella typhi in their stools. Even after symptoms recede, a person can
still carry Salmonella typhi, in which case the illness could return or be passed on to others. For that reason it is imperative that
patients keep taking antibiotics for the full length of time prescribed by their doctor. Those suffering from Typhoid Fever must not
prepare food or serve it to others.
Yersiniosis - A disease caused by a family of rod-shaped bacteria called Yersinia. In the United States, Yersiniosis is caused only
by Yersinia enterocolitica. Yersiniosis occurs most often in young children. It causes a variety of symptoms depending on the age of
he person infected. Symptoms in children include fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, which is often bloody. In older children and adults,
symptoms include right-sided abdominal pain, fever, and occasionally skin rash or joint pain. Symptoms typically develop 4 to 7 days after
exposure and may last 1 to 3 weeks or longer. Most infections are uncomplicated and resolve completely. In a few cases the bacteria can
spread to the bloodstream.
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