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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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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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Is chagas disease waterborne?

Is chagas disease waterborne?

Contaminated juice: Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs which suck blood & pass on a protozoan called trypanosoma cruzi. It can be passed through the placenta by mother to fetus, via breast milk, blood transfusions, organ transplants and by eating contaminated foods. There are different cases which were spread by contaminated acai, sugar cane and guava juices. H20- variable input. ...Read more

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Is the disease epstein barr contagious?

Is the disease epstein barr contagious?

Yes, it's "Mono": Epstein barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis and is transmitted via contact with saliva of an infected person. Mono symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. Some doctors treat mono symptoms with steroids. Complications include liver and spleen swelling. Epstein barr can also cause certain rare types of cancer. 95% of adults over 35 have epstein barr virus. ...Read more

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Is hunningtons disease contagious?

Is hunningtons disease contagious?

No: Huntington disease is a slowly progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. It affects men and women equally. Prevalence in the us is estimated at about 7 per 100, 000. There is no cure, or long term disease modifying treatments for this disease. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus: There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis virus infection interfere the progression of HIV disease?

Can hepatitis virus infection interfere the progression of HIV disease?

Yes: Co infection with hepatitis b or hepatitis c ( that is having HIV and either of the above) is documented to generally result in further progression of both diseases. Therefore, patients with either illnesses must be screened to rule out co infection... Treatment is encouraged for both viral illnesses. New treatments are available for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Bacterial: Lime disease is caused by an infection with a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete. It is spread by the bite of a tick that has acquired the germ. ...Read more

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How is the west nile virus transmitted?

How is the west nile virus transmitted?

West Nile Virus: Typically, west nile virus spreads to humans via infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. You can not get infected by touching or kissing a person with the virus. In some cases, the virus may be spread by organ transplantation and blood transfusions. ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is the herpes simplex virus related to the coxsackie virus?

Is the herpes simplex virus related to the coxsackie virus?

No: Coxackie virus is an enterovirus ( like polio and echo virus) belongs to the Picornaviridae family. (RNA virus) Because it causes Herpangina, people may think is herpes, however it has nothing to do with Herpes. The herpes virus belongs to the Herpesviridae family (like chickenpox, zoster virus etc.). (DNA virus) ...Read more

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Can creutzfeldt jakob disease be transmitted through saliva? Do spouses catch it?

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Can creutzfeldt jakob disease be transmitted through saliva?  Do spouses catch it?

No: Cjd also known as mad cow disease is considered a prion disease. Prions are a type of infectious protein. Also, cjd has a very long incubation period (50 years) so it is difficult to study. It is believed that it is spread through ingestion of infected protein mainly beef organs. So far studies suggest that it is not transmitted via blood or saliva. ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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How deadly is West Nile virus untreated?

How deadly is West Nile virus untreated?

Only 1% have severe: sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of neck, high fever, confusion & weakness. ...Read more

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Mosquito virus called Dengue or Chinkinugya. Symptoms?

Mosquito virus called Dengue or Chinkinugya. Symptoms?

Dengue: The principal symptoms of dengue fever are high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, easy bruising). Generally, younger children and those with their first dengue infection have a milder illness than older children and adults. The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of dengue, another disease spread by mosquitoes. ...Read more

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Hi,which std virus affects the mouth?

Hi,which std virus affects the mouth?

Several: HPV has been associated with cancers of the throat and the herpes virus can be transmitted sexually and can cause fever blisters/cold sores. Non-viral stds can also cause tonsilitis and sore throats (GC is probably the one that causes this most frequently). HIV can also be transmitted orally but causes a more systemic problem. ...Read more

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What disease is caused by the smallpox virus?

What disease is caused by the smallpox virus?

Smallpox: There were 2 clinical types of smallpox. Variola minor was less severe than Variola Major. Smallpox from Variola Minor had a death rate of 1% or less. 90% or > unvaccinated smallpox cases fell under the category of “ordinary Smallpox”. The overall fatality rate for Smallpox was 30%. Malignant (AKA flat) Smallpox made up 5 to 10% of cases, was usually fatal & mostly effected children. > ...Read more

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How could viruses be used to cure some genetic diseases?

How could viruses be used to cure some genetic diseases?

Gene therapy: For some genetic diseases, it may be possible to either alter or provide a normal copy of the gene. We do not have the appropriate technology to transfer genes but in nature, viruses do that as part of their lifecycle. In many cases viruses infect cells and inject their genes into the cell. Researchers use this for gene therapy where viruses are geneticly engineered to transmit a normal gene. ...Read more

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Hashimotos disease. Is there a virus that triggers / causes it?

Hashimotos disease. Is there a virus that triggers / causes it?

We do not know: People inherit the ability to make antibodies against their thyroid. Whether virus or bacteria or stress brings out this epigenetic possibility is speculation. ...Read more

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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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I need a lot of info on torch virus. Like what diseases does it cause?

I need a lot of info on torch virus. Like what diseases does it cause?

TO.R.C.H infections: Torch is a word composed of the first letters of several infections that can be passed to a fetus during pregnancy. Toxoplasmosis is acquired from uncooked meat or prolonged exposure to spores in kitty litter.Rubella (german measles).Cytomegalovirus( if acquired during pregnancy through community spread) and herpes simplex virus ( type i or ii). All can produce serious problems. ...Read more

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I have west nile virus, have I transmit the disease directly to my family members?

No: Humans are "dead-end hosts" that means you can only transmit wnv to others through blood transfusions and organ donations. ...Read more

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What medical diseases can cause hypertension? Are there any medical diseases or viruses that can cause hypertension? .

Many: Renal atey stenosis, co-arctation of the aorta, adrenal adenoma, just to name a few . All pts should be screened when they present with a new DX of HTN to see if they have a secondary source of the high BP that be treated. ...Read more

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How common is it for mosquitos to transmit diseases such as west nile virus? I'm considering taking a vacation in central america during the summer, and i was wondering whether getting sick while traveling is a very real possibility that I have to worry a

How common is it for mosquitos to transmit diseases such as west nile virus? I'm considering taking a vacation in central america during the summer, and i was wondering whether getting sick while traveling is a very real possibility that I have to worry a

A : A person's risk of contracting west nile is very low, and less than 1% of those infected develop serious illness from the virus. The most high risk population for developing a serious ilness from west nile virus are elderly and those who are immunosupressed. It is important for everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites to minimize the risk of infection. Use a mosquito repellent during your trip. ...Read more

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Which disease is caused by virus in the summer?

Many: Lots of viruses such as epstein-barr virus are not seasonal so occur all year round but certain viruses occur much more commonly during the summer months including the enteroviruses such as coxsackie virus and the mosquito-borne viruses such as west nile, california encephalitis and dengue viruses. ...Read more

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Are disease causing viruses more active in the heat?

Are disease causing viruses more active in the heat?

Not necessarily: Viruses aren't really more or less active based on the temperature. However, being overly tired from working in the heat can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick from a virus. That's one reason why it's important to stay well-hydrated and well-rested when working in the heat. ...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 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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Han viruses be used to cure genetic disease?

Han viruses be used to cure genetic disease?

Engineering: Viruses can be modified so as not to cause disease. Genes can be inserted in the viruses and the modified virus used as a cargo ship to deliver a specific gene to a cell to cure genetic diseases. This is the principle of gene therapy. ...Read more

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What are major disease caused by virus/bacteria?

What are major disease caused by virus/bacteria?

Causes of disease: There are many, many causes of infectious disease - bacteria and viruses, but also parasites, protozoa, fungi and infectious proteins. It's always good to try and protect oneself by following simple principles of good health - eating well, getting a good nights sleep, avoiding stress, and toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke. Talking to the doctor too about your individual health needs helps ...Read more

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How could viruses be used to cure some genetic disease?

Engineering: Viruses can be modified so as not to cause disease. Genes can be inserted in the viruses and the modified virus used as a cargo ship to deliver a specific gene to a cell to cure genetic diseases. This is the principle of gene therapy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a disease is caused by a virus or bacteria?

How can I tell if a disease is caused by a virus or bacteria?

Lab tests: can help to differentiate as it isn't always obvious from symptoms alone. ...Read more

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Is loss of balance a sign or symptom of a disease or a virus?

Is loss of balance a sign or symptom of a disease or a virus?

Can be either.: Loss of balance can occur due to inner ear problems or due to specific lesions in the brain (the cerebellum). These problems can arise from viral infections or malignancies or infarcts. The best thing to do is to not attempt to self diagnose but to see your primary physician or a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more