Filth Diseases That Are Making A Comeback

Filth Diseases are Diseases and illnesses caused by filth, unsanitary and downright gross things.

Filth Diseases are not “Sexy” and News gathering. The image of some one puking and crapping (at the same time) their life away isn’t something  that is pleasant to see. Best current example of this is the present Cholera epidemic that is occurring in Yemen sickening and killing thousands.  The “News” talked about it for a while, but you hear little or nothing about it now.

Some of the worse epidemics throughout history have been caused by Filth Diseases and you would think that modern sanitary and medical advancements would bring them under control – unfortunately that is not the case. 

Here are the ones’s I believe you will hear quite a bit about in 2019 and some History.

Cholera bacteria – vaccine available


Broad Street Cholera Pump – London, England – Atlas Obscura

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackle Virus) No Vaccine


Hand, foot and mouth disease tends to be harder on kids than adults. (Getty Images)

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Is Spreading Again | Patient Advice | US News

Hepatitis A – Virus – Vaccine


Actually, the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak makes it difficult to list just 1 or 2 articles – there are just so many. How often are you hearing about this outbreak?

Scarlet Fever – bacteria – No vaccine

Scarlet fever cases have hit worrying new record levels in Kent – Kent Live

Typhiod – bacteria – vaccine

The Terrible Tale of Typhoid Mary – Past Medical History


Typhoid Mary’ in a 1909 illustration that appeared in The New York American

Typhus – bacteria – no vaccine

Number of typhus cases growing in Galveston County


Pediculus humanus corporis, the human body louse (Courtesy: CDC)


Just to many to talk specifics

A Work That Can Really Get Under Your Skin – From NPR News


The New England Journal of Medicine uses selfies in a paper describing a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria repens. The paper says a Moscow woman visited a rural area and was bitten by mosquitoes. She soon noticed a nodule moving around her face, which she documented with the above photos. The paper says a physician used a forceps to remove the worm (also shown above).
New England Journal of Medicine
A Worm That Can Really, Really Get Under Your Skin

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