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Parasite infections and the danger posed by delayed treatment

Most people believe that parasitic infections are largely nonexistent in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, that's not the case. In fact, the dangers posed by parasites are only compounded by the fact that doctors may miss the problem, which leads to delayed treatment.

According to a recent report compiled by the CDC, parasitic infections are a real concern for the health and well-being of Americans. Many Maryland readers may think that only under-developed nations need to worry about illnesses caused by bodily invaders. However, the actual statistics may be a real eye-opener, especially in light of the fact that many American doctors often don't take this type of infection into consideration when seeing patients.

The CDC has listed five different diseases that are caused by infections and are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. All of them can result in serious consequences, including death. According to the CDC, the threat that these diseases pose cannot be disregarded. A group of epidemiologists, though, indicated that most of these illnesses can be treated as long as they are caught by physicians in time, before the patient's health is permanently damaged.

While the idea that Maryland residents could suffer from an infection caused by a parasite is repugnant to most, the fact remains that there are many dangers lurking in the environment that can have a negative effect on their health. The only thing that could make these situations worse would be delayed treatment due to a doctor's inability to properly treat an infection from these sources or any other errors resulting in worsening health conditions. Some of the diseases mentioned can cause blindness or may even end in death if a proper diagnosis is not made. Any patient who believes they have suffered ill consequences from a physician's inaction or negligence can seek information concerning the filing of a medical malpractice suit. A favorable ruling in civil court may enable a victim to recover financial damages that might allow them to obtain the care and support needed due to inadequate or inappropriate medical treatment.

Source: commonhealth.wbur.org, "NIMBY Disease: Yes, U.S. Residents, You're Vulnerable To Parasites Too", Rachel Zimmerman, May 8, 2014

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