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What is the difference between bacteria, virus and germs?

What is the difference between bacteria, virus and germs?

Alot.: Germ is a lay term to describe all types of microbial organisms. Bacteria are single celled organisms that exist almost everywhere in the environment, on our skin, in our mouths, in our intestines etc. Viruses are sub-cellulat particles that contain a small piece of dna or rna contained in a protein envelope. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria and can even infect bacteria.Check a dictionary. ...Read more

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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Bacterial vs. Viral meningitis? What are some of the differences between bacterial and viral meningitis?

Bacterial vs. Viral meningitis? What are some of the differences between bacterial and viral meningitis?

Treatment: Both cause inflammation of the meninges or brain covering with intense headaches, neurological symptoms, fever, and stiff nek. Bacterial meningitis tends to be more severe and there are antibiotics that can treat it. Viral meningitis is viral and there are not antibiotics that treat it. That is the briefest difference. ...Read more

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Whatis the difference between "antigen" and harmful foreign substances - "bacteria, viruses"?

Whatis the difference between "antigen" and harmful foreign substances - "bacteria, viruses"?

Overlap: We use the term "antigen" when we're referring to the components of foreign substances, such as bacteria or viruses, that stimulate the immune system to respond. The terms bacteria and viruses refer to the organisms as a whole. ...Read more

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Which type of cells does ebola virus infect?

Which type of cells does ebola virus infect?

Several types...: Ebola virus is the cause of a very serious form of hemorrhagic febrile illness that has a very high mortality rate. Ebola virus can infect several types of human cells. One of the most important of these is human lymphocytes. ...Read more

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What are the differences between herpes simplex virus 1 and 2?

What are the differences between herpes simplex virus 1 and 2?

Usually location: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses.Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria. ...Read more

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What the difference betwen the newcastle disease virus strains?

What the difference betwen the newcastle disease virus strains?

Newcastle virus: Newcastle disease virus causes a deadly infection in many kinds of birds. In humans, it causes mild flu-like symptoms or conjunctivitis and/or laryngitis. Strains of all viruses vary in some structural components and this may increase or decrease their capacity to cause disease. Strains of NCV have been used in experiments to treat some cancers. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral, bacterial, and fungal meningitis?

What's the difference between viral, bacterial, and fungal meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pseudomonas and burkholderia bacteria?

What is the difference between pseudomonas and burkholderia bacteria?

Little difference: Both these bacteria are normal in healthy people, but can cause serious bloodstream infections (sepsis) in special circumstances, especially hospitalized patients with prior antibiotic treatment, often with underlying problems like cancer, major surgery, and so on. There is no important difference in the risks, complications, or treatment between these two bacteria. Discuss with the doctor(s). ...Read more

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What are the differences between viral and bacterial meningitis?

What are the differences between viral and bacterial meningitis?

Different germs: Bacterial meningitis is bad and can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, . . ., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is so serious. ...Read more

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Which viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi are causative factors in channelopathies [transient receptor potential (trp) channels, in particular]?

Which viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi are causative factors in channelopathies [transient receptor potential (trp) channels, in particular]?

The cause if: These rare abnormalities are though to be genetic and/or autoimmune, not secondary to an infection, but you should discuss it with your diagnosing physician. ...Read more

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Can a e. Coli colony contain flu viruses or other viruses inside the bacteria?

Can a e. Coli colony contain flu viruses or other viruses inside the bacteria?

Not exactly: You're right to prompt the question, in that bacteria can be made more virulent by uptake of "signals" from a bacteriophage. Also, an e.Coli infection does not preclude a superimposed or secondary viral illness--which together compromises the host patient more than a single infection might. However, flu viruses can not live within e.Coli. ...Read more

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What is the difference between salmonella enterica and salmonella bongori?

What is the difference between salmonella enterica and salmonella bongori?

Good question: These are the two major species of salmonella. Bongori is primarily found in cold blooded animals but almost all the human infections are not bongori but rather one of the many serotypes of s. Enterica such as enteriditis, typhimurium and typhi. ...Read more

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In what viral group is human papilloma virus classified?

In what viral group is human papilloma virus classified?

HumanPapillomaVirus: Human papilloma viruses is the name of a large group of viruses. There are about 100 subtypes of human papilloma viruses; almost half can occasionally cause cancer. For example, the virus that causes ordinary skin warts (including plantar warts) is called hpv-1. Two others, hpv-16 and hpv-18, are responsible for a majority of cervical cancers and are components of both of the hpv vaccines. ...Read more

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What is a comparison of bacteria & virus?

What is a comparison of bacteria & virus?

Different things: Bacteria are small single-celled living things that grow on their own, and cause disease when they invade into the body. Viruses are small packets of genetic information that can do nothing on their own, but hijack the cellular machinery of the body to produce more virus particles. ...Read more

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What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?

Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

Need for antibiotics: When some on has bacterial pneumonia, the patients are sicker with high fever and may require hospitalisation and treated with antibiotinsdepending on whether it is community aquired, nursing home aquired or hospital aquired viral pnuomonia symptoms are milder and these patienta will get better by themselves and most of the time do not need hospitalisationbut some time it is difficult to dufferentia. ...Read more

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Salmonella vs. botulism vs. e-coli. what is the difference between the two?

Salmonella vs. botulism vs. e-coli. what is the difference between the two?

Which two: Which two, of the three? These are 3 different bacteria with major differences. Their comparison is beyond the scope of a site like this one. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

The germ: Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different ( they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. ( like flu) symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read more

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Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more