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Glanders (Burkholderia mallei)
What is glanders? Glanders is an infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia mallei. Glanders is primarily a disease affecting horses, but it also affects donkeys and mules and can be naturally contracted by goats, dogs, and cats. Human infection, although not seen in the United States since 1945, has occurred rarely and sporadically among laboratory workers and those in direct and prolonged contact with infected, domestic animals. Why has glanders become a current issue?...

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Mycobacterium Abscessus
What is Mycobacterium abscessus?Mycobacterium abscessus is a bacterium distantly related to the ones that cause tuberculosis and leprosy. It is part of a group known as rapidly growing mycobacteria and is found in water, soil and dust. It has been known to contaminate medications and products, including medical devices.What type of infection does it cause?M. abscessus can cause a variety of serious infections that require medical attention. Infections due to this bacterium are usually of the...

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Sudden Cardiac Death)
What Is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), also known as sudden cardiac death, is when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this occurs, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if not treated in minutes. The heart has an internal electrical system that controls the rhythm of the heartbeat. Problems with the electrical system can cause abnormal heart...

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