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Doctor insights on: Helminthosporium Victoriae Virus 1

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Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Explan why one human immunodeficiency virus test cannot definitely diagnose hiv?

Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...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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How could one avoid ebola virus?

How could one avoid ebola virus?

Not difficult: Ebola is spread by direct contact with the body and fluids of an infected person. It does not spread through air, flood or other means. So if you do not travel to West Africa, and stay away from any known case you will not be exposed nor get infected. ...Read more

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Is herpes one and herpes two the same virus or not?

Is herpes one and herpes two the same virus or not?

Different viruses: That means having immunity to one type does not protect you from another type. There are eight currently identified types of the human herpes virus family: herpes 1 (HHV1), herpes 2 (HHV2), varicella zoster (HHV3, chicken pox, shingles), Ebstein Barr (HHV4, EBV), cytomegalovirus (HHV5, CMV), roseola (HHV6, sixth disease), human herpes virus 7 (HHV7), and Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus (HHV8). ...Read more

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What happens if a one month old gets a virus? Are they usually okay?

What happens if a one month old gets a virus? Are they usually okay?

Generally.....: Newborns start maternally acquired passive immunity from birth against common infections. This period of protection generally lasts between 2-3 months, depending upon the immunity levels in mother. While one month olds can get some viral infections they weren't born with protection against, important thing is to get them checked esp if they have fever, or change in their oral intake etc. ...Read more

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Is there more than one kind of Zika? I read there are African and Pacific Zika viruses.

Is there more than one kind of Zika? I read there are African and Pacific Zika viruses.

Same Virus: Information on Zika virus is changing rapidly; however, as far as I know, there is only one Zika virus. It started in Africa and spread from there. The Zika virus in Brazil isn't a new strain, its the same virus but has spread to a new location. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If one doesn't develop symptoms of Ebola 56 days after potential exposure, is the threat of the virus zilch?

If one doesn't develop symptoms of Ebola 56 days after potential exposure, is the threat of the virus zilch?

Low; not zilch. As: are different viruses with different immunogenic characteristics, cell & tissue susceptibility issues and, as always, the route and severity of exposure into actual bodily fluids are key issues as to whether infection occurs or not. ...Read more

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Which mosquito carries west nile virus? And how can I recognize it? I’ve heard only one kind of mosquito can actually give you west nile virus. Is there a way to tell if the mosquito that bit me is the “right” kind?

Which mosquito carries west nile virus? And how can I recognize it? I’ve heard only one kind of mosquito can actually give you west nile virus. Is there a way to tell if the mosquito that bit me is the “right” kind?

NO: There is no way to recognize a west nile virus mosquito from a non virus carrying mosquito. They all look same and bite same. I am sorry there is no way to tell the right kind.I know it isn't a big help at this time. May be in future we w'll have more information. Just please avoid all kinds of mosquitos. Thanks. ...Read more

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