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Is Smallpox A Virus Or Bacteria
This infectious: Disease was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. So, it would not be possible.
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. >
If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?
Virus: If they're all named with the same genus because they are related. Chicken pox is a herpesvirus; the rule only works with the latin names. These viruses mutate and gene-swap so that's how they can 'jump species' and change from being zoonotic to affecting humans.
Bacteria: Diptheria is an upper respiratory illness caused by Corynebacterium diptheriae. It is a very unpleasant upper respiratory illness characterized by croupy breathing, shortness of breath with a grayish membrane seen in the pharynx. It is treatable with appropriate antibiotics but it is a completely preventable illness with appropriate vaccination.
See below: Colds are caused by viruses usually rhinoviruses. They are not caused by bacteria. Getting colds several times a year is not unusual. Frequent contact with young children will increase your risk. Avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer frequently. Eat a healthy diet. Get adequate sleep. Hopefully your cold frequency will decrease. Good luck.
Alot.: Germ is a lay term to describe all types of microbial organisms. Bacteria are single celled organisms that exist almost everywhere in the environment, on our skin, in our mouths, in our intestines etc. Viruses are sub-cellulat particles that contain a small piece of dna or rna contained in a protein envelope. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria and can even infect bacteria. Check a dictionary.
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Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii.See 1 more doctor answer
Many differences...: Germ is a lay person's word and could be used to describe either a virus or a bacteria. It implies an infectious particle. There are many differences between bacteria and viruses including size, ability to live outside of a host, different types of reproduction, etc... The following link has some good basic information: http://www. Diffen. Com/difference/bacteria_vs_virus.
See below: Bacterial resistance means that a bacteria is resistant to the bacteristatic or bactericidal effects of one or more antibiotics. There are many mechanisms that bacteria use to develop this resistance. They include the production of enzymes that degrade the antibiotic, altering the binding site of the antibiotic, pumping the antibiotic out of the cell after penetration etc.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses and because of multiple potential risks involve with their use should not be taken unless clearly necessary.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: However, this would require more than 400 characters; in fact, it would be a textbook-length treatise. Even giving you internet addresses wouldn't begin to do this subject justice. Generally, viruses aren't your friends unless they kill species that attack us. Otherwise, it's a huge mix. Without our microbe friends, life would be impossible.