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Is Polio Caused By A Virus Or Bacteria
Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more
Yes: Tetanus is triggered by invasion of a wound by spores (egg like structures) of a bacteria called clostridium tetani.The bacteria germinates and begins to produce a toxin that may remain localized or spread thru the body. This toxin produces the symptoms of tetanus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteria: Pyelonephritis describes a classic kidney parenchyma (meat) bacterial infection. This is more complicated and severe than a simple UTI (or cystitis). A viral pyelonephritis would be exceedingly rare. Long term (21 days) of antibiotics for bacteria are the mainstay of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Old terms: Plague is caused by a bacterium. "monera" is an old term that covers both the common bacteria and the archaea, the latter a less-familiar evolutionary side-branch. Protists are eukaryotes (unlike bacteria, they have nuclei like ours) that don't have specialized cells. So the answer to this homework question is "monera" for what it's worth. Try to understand the concepts rather than old words. ...Read more
Is impetigo caused by herpes simplex 2? Or can it be a cause? Or is impetigo simply from bacteria?
Bacteria: Impetigo is usually either strep or staph skin germs. Hs1 is a dna virus that often triggers cycles of skin disruption in specific places like the "cold sore". A swab of a hs1 site can often be contaminated with skin bacteria, but they are not the trigger, they are just feasting on any serum left around the site. There can be some similarities in how the two look. ...Read more
Can heart disease be caused by a virus? Is heart disease ever caused by something like a 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
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
Sepsis: Is the presence of overwhelming inflammation in the body due to infection either direct from the infection when there is bacteremia or just due to the inflammatory process. Leukemia leads to infection due to depressed immunity to infection. Herpes on its own can cause sepsis, not very common but can in times of depressed immunity. ...Read more
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