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Facts About Ebola Virus
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
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
? 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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