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Bio-Hazards to Cavers



Comprising some collected information about various diseases that cavers need to know about

As a caver you are subject to diseases not encountered very often by the average doctor. If illness follows hard on the heels of any caving trip, tell your doctor that you are a caver!

Pulmonary-fungal diseases can resemble a cold or the flu, but can be fatal if they spread from the lungs and aren't treated.

A bat bite means the remote possibility of rabies with the very remote possibility of surviving.

Relapsing fever is rare in normal people, but the ticks seem to have an affinity for cavers.

The articles on these pages are intended to inform you of some of the biological hazards faced by cavers.

Index to the Bio-Hazards Pages

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