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Please describe the most serious, fatal, and rare virus/disease?

Please describe the most serious, fatal, and rare virus/disease?

Dangerous Viruses: Are you referring to most virulent virus, fatal rate without or with treatment or most deaths historically? Dangerous viruses include: Marburg Virus, Ebola Zaire, Hantavirus, H5N1 (Avian Flu), Junin Virus (Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever), Lassa Fever, Crimea – Congo Fever,Machupo virus (Bolivian hemorrhagic fever), Kyasanur Forest Virus (KFD), Rabies, Smallpox & Dengue fever. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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What is Ebola virus disease?

What is Ebola virus disease?

Ebola virus: A recently discovered viral illness from West Africa. Early symptoms 2-21 days after infection-sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat. Some patientsdevelop rash, red eyes, hiccups, chest pains and difficulty breathing and swallowing. It may progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function and sometimes internal and external hemorrhaging & death. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about Ebola virus disease and how to prevent it?

Can anyone tell me about Ebola virus disease
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Ebola: Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, some people begin to have bleeding problems.[1] The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal (commonly monkeys or fruit bats).[1] Spread through the air has not been documented in the natural environment.[2] Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. In order to make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. To confirm the diagnosis blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself.[1] Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking such animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as are wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.[1] ...Read more

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Can you please explain why some vaccines only work if you have not yet contracted the virus/disease?

Antibodies: The theory behind vaccines is to prevent someone from getting the disease that is being vaccinated against. The way the immune system works for many diseases is that once you have had a disease, your own immune system will prevent you from getting the disease again. Thus you don't need the vaccine any longer. A vaccine allows you to create the necessary antibodies to help you ward off the disease. ...Read more

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Please i would like help. I have the rubella virus disease.What is the best the treatment?

Please i would like help. I have the rubella virus disease.What is the best the treatment?

Supportive care: Rubella is a brief, self healing disease for those who experience it. It is rarely more than a minor problem for most kids and adults who experience it.Transient joint pain is a common feature. No specific treatments are needed. Rubella is deadly to a fetus during pregnancy.It can result in miscarriage, deafness, blindness and major organ damage. ...Read more

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I am affected by the rubella virus disease. Is there any treatment for it and if so, where can I get it?

Confusing question: You say affected by Rubella,if you mean you had it and have residual problems, any treatment would focus on the problem. For most, the residual effects are permanent. If you have active disease, there are some available treatments that you can access through your doc. ...Read more

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I would like help. affected by rubella virus disease. is there any treatment for it. if so say where the treatment is?

?? too vague: Affected by rubella virus ??? No details. Rubella is harshest on the unborn, producing permanent injury to the eyes (vision), organs (poor function),nervous system ( small brain with delay and impaired performance). The affect on the older kid is relatively minor.Injury to the nervous system tends to be permanent and treatment supportive. ...Read more

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Can there be a virus or disease that only affects human beings?

Measels (rubeola).: Measels is a viral infection that is thought to infect humans only. Measles is spread through respiration (contact with fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission), and is highly contagious. Measels can be prevented by childhood vaccination against the virus. ...Read more

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Can there be a possibility, that the baby can be born, without catching the virus or disease?

It depends: Depending on the illness you are asking about, many babies will be born disease free even if the mother is currently infected. Breastfeeding can also protect babies from viruses via passive antibody protection through the milk. This question really depends on what illness is present. ...Read more

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What kind of viruses and diseases can a lumbar puncture help determine or rule out?

What kind of viruses and diseases can a lumbar puncture help determine or rule out?

Varies: A lumbar puncture is done to evaluate for diseases carried in the cerebro-spinal fluid. These can be viruses such as herpes, west nile, eee, etc. Bacteria can also be present such as strep pneumonia, h. Influenza, and others. This is usually done when patients have symptoms of meningitis or encephalitis. Also, non infectious diagnosis such as multiple sclerosis and others. Go in good health. ...Read more