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Doctor insights on: Is Smallpox A Virus Or Bacteria

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Is it likely for someone to carry a dormant form of the smallpox virus?

Is it likely for someone to carry a dormant form of the smallpox virus?

This infectious: Disease was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. So, it would not be possible.

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Who discovered the bacteria responsible for smallpox? Do we still get vaccinated for that?

Smallpox: The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. The government only provides smallpox to several hundred scientists/ medical personnel in research settings. It's a virus.

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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. >

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If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

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.

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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

Virus: Mumps (or rubulavirus) is a virus. Infection can be prevented with immunization with the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination.

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What viruses/bacteria can be spread by saliva?

What viruses/bacteria can be spread by saliva?

Saliva: Can spread epstein-barr virus, rabies virus, herpes simplex, and bacteria such as eichinella corrodes and mouth anaerobes such as fusobacterium necrophorum.

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Can you tell me is herpes a virus or bacteria?

Virus.: Herpes (hsv) is a virus (herpes simplex virus). This virus commonly infects epithelial cells (like skin cells and the cells lining mucus membranes).

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Is diphtheria a virus or bacteria? Please advise!

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.

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I easily get infected by cold virus/bacteria, why?

I easily get infected by cold virus/bacteria, why?

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.

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What is the difference between bacteria, virus and germs?

What is the difference between bacteria, virus and germs?

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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What infections (viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

What infections (viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

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.

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I want to know what is the difference between bacteria, virus and germs?

I want to know what is the difference between bacteria, virus and germs?

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.

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What things have contributed to resistant strains of bacteria, viruses, etc?

What things have contributed to resistant strains of bacteria, viruses, etc?

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.

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Does amoxicillin help catching viruses as it kills your defences as well as bacteria?

Does amoxicillin help catching viruses as it kills your defences as well as bacteria?

No: Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses and because of multiple potential risks involve with their use should not be taken unless clearly necessary.

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Can you tell me how are viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and fungi helpful and harmful?

Can you tell me how are viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and fungi helpful and harmful?

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.

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Smallpox (Definition)

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