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The Diseases of War

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Karina Ramos

on 31 March 2015

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The Diseases of World War 1
*Many people were killed in trench warfare fighting, and the bodies started to stack up high. Nobody buried the bodies, so they decomposed on the surface of the ground attracting many flies and mosquitoes*
Single-celled parasite that multiplies in red blood cells of humans as well as in the mosquito intestine
Work Cited
Why were there diseases?
Many of these diseases were caused as result of weather change, lack of hygiene and the tainted environment
Not only did soldiers die from battle wounds or rifles in the war, they also died because of diseases that widely spread in the trenches
Typhoid Fever
Is a life-threatening disease of the intestinal system caused by the typhoid bacillus, Salmonella typhosa
Was spread by ingestion of fecal contaminated food or water (bloodstream and intestinal tract)
Poor hygiene and lack of sanitation
Signs and symptoms: sore throat, fever, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite ( delirium and death)
Treatment: cold sponge baths to lower the fever and plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration
Signs and symptoms: abdominal pain, chills and sweats,diarrhea, nausea and vomiting,headache, high fevers, low blood pressure, muscle aches, poor appetite
Once it's in you, it multiplies in the liver and changes again
Then it enters the bloodstream and invades red blood cells until they burst
Long term effects: Anemia, delirium,kidney failure, pulmonary edema
Crowded environments and poor hygiene are known to increase risk for diphtheria
Spread through close personal contact with someone who is infected or is a carrier of the bacteria
Spread through respiratory droplets and contaminated objects
Serious bacterial infection usually affecting the mucous membranes of your nose and throat
Signs and symptoms sore throat, fever, swollen glands and weakness
Thick coating on the back of the nose or throat makes it hard to breath
DTaP- diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis shot
By: Karina Ramos
Trench Foot
Caused by prolonged exposure to damp, cold, unsanitary conditions
Numbs, changes color, swells and starts to smell due to damage to the skin, blood vessels and nerves in the feet
Blood vessels constrict in an attempt to keep warm by reducing blood flow to the extremities
Reduces amount of oxygen and nutrients to the feet, result in tissue and nerve damage (excessive sweating to wearing damp socks)
Take 3-6 months to fully recover and prompt treatment is essential to prevent gangrene and possible foot amputation
Trench Foot
Treatment and Prevention
A sexually transmitted disease starting out as a painless sore
Spreads from person to person via skin or mucous membrane contact with these sores (on either genitals, mouth, or rectum)
Without treatment it can cause the skin, heart, brain, eyes, bones and nervous system to be affected
Common because the men and women were not educated on sexual health
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