Category Archives: Terrorism, liver

Emergency response and clinical approach.

Terrorism, liver; Venezuelan equine encephalitis

Venezuelan equine encephalitis is a mosquito -borne viral pathogen that can cause a flu-like human illness with headache and fever.  It can be associated with elevated transaminases.

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Terrorism, liver; C. burnetii

Coxiella burnetii is a gram negative bacteria that causes Q fever. It can cause hepatomegaly as well as hepatitis.

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Terrorism, liver; brucellosis

Brucellosis can cause fever, hepatitis and hepatomegaly.  It is contracted via contact with secretions from infected animals

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Terrorism, liver; Y. pestis

Yersinia pestis, cause of the plague, may cause hepatitis and hepatomegaly.

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Terrorism, liver; ricin

Ricin, from the castor oil plant (photo below), is highly toxic when swallowed, injected or inhaled.  It can cause an elevation in transaminases. Toxico-terrorism. McGraw-Hill, 2007; pp 89-100

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Terrorism, liver; burkholderia sp.

Several burkholderia species are known to infect humans and cause hepatitis as well as diarrhea. Toxico-terrorism. McGraw-Hill, 2007; pp 89-100

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