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Whatever happened with the ebola virus scare?

Whatever happened with the ebola virus scare?

Ebola still with us: I guess it is not a sexy news topic anymore but ebola remains in central africa. Indeed, today who announced an outbreak of the virus in western uganda (29 july 2012). ...Read more

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How did human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) evolve?

How did human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) evolve?

Evolution: It came from a simian precursor transmitted to humans by one of several mechanisms. This virus mutates continuously and the form to which it mutates which is best capable of surviving under the circumstances is the one which will be reproduced and multiply within infected cells. Unless of course you are a creationist. ...Read more

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Brief me about ebola?

Brief me about ebola?

Ebola Virus: Ebola is a filovirus (Filoviridae). There are five different strains. The strain involved in the current West African Outbreak is Zaire Ebolavirus which is the most virulent. As of 25 OCT 2014 WHO reported 10,141 suspected cases & 4,922 deaths from this disease (but suspect the actual count is much higher). The outbreak is predominantly affecting Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea. It transmitted via ...Read more

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Do ebola survivors develop immunity to the virus?

Do ebola survivors develop immunity to the virus?

? degree of immune?: "We know that patients who have survived do have specific antibodies in their blood," said Armand Sprecher, MD, from Médecins Sans Frontières. "Of course, what we don't know is the threshold at which antibodies give you a surrogate marker of protection. It's possible we may gather that over the course of this epidemic, as we hopefully move toward vaccination." See: ...Read more

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Is there any statistics for HIV1/HIV2 ratio in all HIV world?i.e %80 of HIV infected people carry HIV1?

Is there any statistics for HIV1/HIV2 ratio in all HIV world?i.e %80 of HIV infected people carry HIV1?

HIV: HIV 1 is more prevalent in the US and Europe and HIV 2 are more prevalent in Africa. But there are no statistics because a big portion of the population does not even know their HIV status. HIV is now increasing in the 16 years old to 25 years old, despite education most people are having sex without protection and also there is an increase in multiple sex partners. Misconception medications cure. ...Read more

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How can somebody in west Africa prevent his self from contracting ebola virus?

How can somebody in west Africa prevent his self from contracting ebola virus?

Isolation: Avoid areas where the disease is occurring. Stay away from infected individuals and corpses of victims of the disease. ...Read more

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Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor died last week. How do U.S. doctors prevent getting grievously ill from highly contagious patients?

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Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor died last week. How do U.S. doctors prevent getting grievously ill from highly contagious patients?

They don't!: The brave men and women who are willing to fight the Ebola virus are amazingly courageous in their work. They are equally susceptible to contract the disease, but work hard to keep the risk low by wearing mask, gloves and down. However they are still at a very high risk. ...Read more

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How is the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) transmitted to heterosexuals?

How is the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) transmitted to heterosexuals?

Same as heterosex: Hiv is transmitted by the virus present in body secretions deposited onto areas of either mucous membranes (rectal mucosa, oral mucosa or tonsils) where there are receptor sites to which the virus attaches. There are some forms of sexual activity in which individuals are more prone to bleeding, in which case these bleeding sites present a rapid route for viral entry. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about the parvo virus --

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Does anyone know about the parvo virus --

No: No parvovirus vaccine for human yet. Infection with parvovirus b 19 is well known as fifth disease in children. ...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 someone give me information of the ebola virus?

Can someone give me information of the ebola virus?

Bad one: Ebolavirus, one of two members of the family of filoviruses, causes a severe hemorrhagic fever with 50–90% human mortality. That no vaccines or treatments are yet available combined with the frequent re-emergence of the virus, its high prevalence among wildlife, and ease of importation of the virus make it a significant public health concern. ...Read more

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Flu prevention- worried about new swine fly?

Flu prevention- worried about new swine fly?

Same prevention as: For regular flu. Wash hands often, do not touch face, nose eyes, if in contact with objects touched by someone with symptoms, get vaccination. Swine flu is not endemic at this time so do not worry about it. ...Read more

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Question about herpes simplex virus 2. Is that the good kind?

Question about herpes simplex virus 2. Is that the good kind?

Worse than HSV-2: There's no "good kind" of herpes, but hsv-2 is worse than hiv-1. It's sexually transmitted and causes recurrent genital herpes, whereas hsv-1 usually just causes cold sores. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about victims of hse (herpes simplex encephalitis)?

Can you tell me about victims of hse (herpes simplex encephalitis)?

Symptoms: Symptoms of herpes simplex encephalitis include: fever, headache, confusion, trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with gait, weakness to one side of the body or both, and possible seizures. It is a very serious condition and can be deadly. ...Read more

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How is the ebola virus transmitted?

How is the  ebola virus transmitted?

Human body fluids: By contact with the body fluids of infected people. Some animals presumably serve as reservoirs of infection between human outbreaks, but the details haven't been worked out. ...Read more

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Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Bcg vaccine: Bcg vaccine is a vaccine for tuberculosis.It is not used in us, but it is used in many countries where there is high prevalence of tb.To prevent childhood tb, TB meningitis and miliary tuberculosis.It should only be used in persons and children who have negative tuberculin test and are continually exposed and can not be separeted from adults who are not adequately treated, or have resistance strain. ...Read more

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How has human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) evolved since late 1970s?

How has human immunodeficiency virus (hiv) evolved since late 1970s?

Probably not: The virus itself probably hasn't evolved much. What has evolved is our ability to treat it. Resistance mutations occur, but this sort of evolution affects individuals and sometimes the people they infect. It has not resulted in global evoluation of the virus. ...Read more

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Does any one know anything about the herpes zoster vaccine?

Does any one know anything about the  herpes zoster vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: About 30 percent of the population eventually has herpes zoster. About 15 percent of them have involvement of the tissue around the eye which can leave some people visually impaired. The vaccine is about 80 percent effective. Given the frequency of infection and possible severity the vaccine is recommended for anyone over age 50. If you have had shingles it is unlikely that you will get herpes zos. ...Read more

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Do sneezes make the Ebola virus airborne? Why doesn't the CDC say droplets from sneezes make Ebola airborn?

Do sneezes make the Ebola virus airborne? Why doesn't the CDC say droplets from sneezes make Ebola airborn?

Check this site:: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/qas.html . What is meant is that as a virus is going through the air as a sneeze or cough - there is no known transmission. However, droplets that have settled such as a splash could transmit the virus. ...Read more

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Ebola Virus (Definition)

Ebola virus is the cause of Ebola which is a hemorrhagic fever that affects ...Read more