Eight members of the “Wild Boars” soccer team have now been rescued, but they remain in quarantine in hospital, separated even from their families, because of fear of infection.

So what could be concerning authorities?

Thai police block the road in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital where the rescued boys have been taken.
Thai police block the road in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital where the rescued boys have been taken.

One of the key conditions likely worrying rescuers is aptly named cave disease. Otherwise known as histoplasmosis, it can be contracted by breathing in bat or bird droppings.

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Often the symptoms are mild, but it has also been known to trigger very serious complications, including meningitis (a brain infection), and is especially risky for those with compromised immune systems.

It cannot be spread from between humans.

Also on the list is leptospirosis – a bacterial infection spread via animal urine. Outbreaks are usually linked to exposure to flood water and like cave disease can cause serious disease including kidney failure and jaundice.

It can sometimes be fatal.

Then there’s melioidosis, a tropical disease common in northern Thailand, which is caused by germs that live in wet soil and enters the body through cuts and scratches on the skin.

Common symptoms include a fever and difficulty breathing. It can also be fatal.

Source : SMH

Video: CNN

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