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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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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...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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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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Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Viral infection: Cold sores are a viral infection (herpes simplex virus type 1). However, it is possible that a person could develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Herpes simplex: There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. ...Read more

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What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior. ...Read more

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Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Worse?: Either are not fun, and Strep is treated with antibiotics. Strep has risk of, albeit small, of affecting the kidneys and therefore it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is staphylococcal infection caused by a virus or bacteria?

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Is staphylococcal infection caused by a virus or bacteria?

Bacteria: Staphylococcus is a genus of bacteria and is the cause of a wide variety of infections. ...Read more

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Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Not really: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more

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Does cold air kill germs and bacteria?

Does cold air kill germs and bacteria?

Not really: They have found bacteria frozen in glacial ice for millennia that were still viable. Don't count on a cold Boston winter to kill bacteria. If it did, none of the bacteria in your environment would survive. ...Read more

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What occurs if the immune system did not respond to the influenza virus or a cold virus?

What occurs if the immune system did not respond to the influenza virus or a cold virus?

Live or let die: This would be highly unusual since there are reserve system in the body to fight against virus. If you have absolutely no immune response, then you will have to wait till the virus dies out or kills you in the interim. However this scenario would be a highly unlikely one. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a viral fever caused by cold and a fever caused by strep bacteria?

How can I distinguish between a viral fever caused by cold and a fever caused by strep bacteria?

You can't : Viral and bacterial infections both cause fevers. To diagnose a viral verses bacterial infection a history and physical and appropriate studies are required. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Does Cold water kill diseases std germs bacteria?

Does Cold water kill diseases std germs bacteria?

No, but no worries: Cold water just washes them away. If they are hardy enough to survive in cold water, then they don't die in the cold water. However, many germs do not have cold water as their natural habitat, so they eventually die if left in the cold water. Washing with cold water is cleaner than not washing at all. Sometimes, people don't have hot water, but still can live normal lives with cold water. ...Read more

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