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4 terrifying diseases you never want to get

Diseases are terrifying, and without the right safety protocols to follow and protection in place, things can become unsafe. From genetic diseases to infectious, parasitic, bacterial illnesses, and everything in between, our team at Pacific Prime presents you with 4 terrifying diseases you’d never want to get. Read on to learn what they are!

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And after reading this post, make sure to check out our article on the 14 most common diseases while traveling abroad.

1. Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI)

“FFI is extremely rare, with only an estimated 70 families around the world carrying this genetic mutation.” – National Library of Medicine, Biotech Information

Fatal familial insomnia is characterized by a gradual slide into dementia. Along the way, you can expect panic attacks, paranoia, phobias, hallucinations, and a complete inability to sleep.

We all know how bad we look when we’re overtired from even one night of insufficient sleep so imagine the results after 7 sleepless months. Sleeplessness can make you gain or lose weight, make you forgetful, age your skin, and impair attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving.

Plus, it’s worth mentioning that it reduces your overall sex drive or libido. Planning on conceiving a child? Other than considering maternity insurance, make sure you get a good night’s rest before the next run!

2. Brainerd Diarrhea

“Seven outbreaks of Brainerd diarrhea have been reported since 1983. Six occurred in the United States, five of which were in rural settings. One outbreak occurred on a South American cruise ship based in the Galapagos Islands.” – CDC

This condition is characterized by ‘sudden-onset, watery, explosive diarrhea,’ it is seemingly immune to antibiotics, and people afflicted by this condition typically experience 10 – 20 episodes per day. Accompanying symptoms include cramping, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

For treatment, various antimicrobial agents have been tried to no great effect, including trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, ampicillin, metronidazole, and paromomycin. But relief in symptoms can be provided via high doses of opioid antimotility drugs, such as loperamide, diphenoxylate, and paregoric. Unfortunately for those affected, the symptoms can last a year or more and will come and go.

3. Cancrum Oris

“Cancrum Oris is an acute gangrenous stomatitis of oral and para-oral structures in the age group between 2 to 16 years, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, with high morbidity and mortality.” – Cancrum Oris: A case report

Cancrum Oris, or Noma as it’s also known, begins with inflamed gums and cheeks followed by ulcers with foul-smelling drainage. This disease attacks the face, destroying tissue and tearing through the lips, face, and cheeks of those afflicted. Unlike most infections, it can spread through anatomical barriers such as muscles and cause severe and permanent physical damage to its sufferers.

It generally occurs in young, severely malnourished children between the ages of 2 and 5, and is especially prevalent in areas with poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water. It also seems to target malnourished, dehydrated, and often immune-compromised children, such as kids born with HIV.

In most cases, it will kill you, but one in ten sufferers survive. The survivors will suffer permanent damage to their faces and have lifelong scars, but at least they are still alive.

4. Ebola

“The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans.” – WHO

Discovered in 1926, the Ebola virus caused 2 outbreaks in Africa, one in what we know now as Nzara, South Sudan, and the other in Yambuka, DRC. And in recent times, the 2014 – 2016 outbreak in West Africa was swiftly dealt with by the international community to stem the spread across the continent and the globe.

For sure, a lot has been learned from the experience of dealing with Ebola in the last few decades, especially the way it spreads through human-to-human transmission via broken skin with:

  • Blood or body fluids of those infected or who had died from Ebola; and
  • Surfaces and items contaminated with body fluids from a person sick with Ebola or the body of a person who died from Ebola.

What can I do to protect myself from diseases?

With so many terrifying diseases out there, how does one protect oneself from illness? Here are some healthy habits to protect yourself from disease and prevent germs and infectious diseases from spreading:

1. Handle and prepare food properly and safely

Always wash your utensils and surfaces where you plan to prepare food. Cook at the correct temperatures and keep foods in the right storage areas and at the right temperatures. Refrigerate food that needs to be chilled after shopping and check for the expiry date.

2. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer

This is a basic habit but is normally forgotten or even done wrong. See CDC’s video below explaining the proper way to wash your hands.

3. Get vaccinated

A vaccination for a particular disease can provide adequate protection and boost your immune system and natural defenses. Consult your local doctor and check if you are suitable for a dose or booster.

Secure a comprehensive health insurance plan

A policy from a broker such as Pacific Prime may not prevent you from developing a disease. Still, it can provide peace of mind by ensuring your medical fees and extended costs will be covered, subject to any exclusions and pre-existing conditions you may already have.

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Since we are constantly migrating and meeting people from all walks of life, the likelihood of getting ill is quite high, and that doesn’t include the risk of getting into an accident and requiring long-term medical support. That said, a health insurance plan is a great solution for uncertainties ahead and can help you recover faster without suffering financially.

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