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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. ...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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What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses.Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a viral or bacteria infection?

It often isn't so: easy to distinguish. Medical testing can hlep to sort it out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between infection v virus?

What is the difference between  infection v virus?

Effect vs cause: From what i understand.... Viruses cause types of infection. Bacteria causes other types. The resulting infections are treated differently so it matters what led to them for appropriate treatment choices. Your doctor should be able to evaluate an infection and make those choices. If you think you have an infection see a physician soon before it spreads. Also, some are contagious - protect others! ...Read more

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What the difference betwen the newcastle disease virus strains?

What the difference betwen the newcastle disease virus strains?

Newcastle virus: Newcastle disease virus causes a deadly infection in many kinds of birds. In humans, it causes mild flu-like symptoms or conjunctivitis and/or laryngitis. Strains of all viruses vary in some structural components and this may increase or decrease their capacity to cause disease. Strains of NCV have been used in experiments to treat some cancers. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral, bacterial, and fungal meningitis?

What's the difference between viral, bacterial, and fungal meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pseudomonas and burkholderia bacteria?

What is the difference between pseudomonas and burkholderia bacteria?

Little difference: Both these bacteria are normal in healthy people, but can cause serious bloodstream infections (sepsis) in special circumstances, especially hospitalized patients with prior antibiotic treatment, often with underlying problems like cancer, major surgery, and so on. There is no important difference in the risks, complications, or treatment between these two bacteria. Discuss with the doctor(s). ...Read more

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Whatis the difference between "antigen" and harmful foreign substances - "bacteria, viruses"?

Whatis the difference between "antigen" and harmful foreign substances - "bacteria, viruses"?

Overlap: We use the term "antigen" when we're referring to the components of foreign substances, such as bacteria or viruses, that stimulate the immune system to respond. The terms bacteria and viruses refer to the organisms as a whole. ...Read more

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What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

Bacteria are cells: Bacteria are cells, they are living and have a cell wall. Viruses consist of dna, or RNA usually with proteins around the nuclear material, but they do not have a cell wall. Viruses are about 1/10th the size of a bacteria. Bacteria cause infection by causing an inflammatory response while viruses get inside your cells then replicate and cause problems.From the inside out of your cells. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a virus and bacterium?

What is the difference between a virus and bacterium?

Both Cause Infection: Most infections are caused by either virus or bacteria. Viral infections are more common, often self-limited and do not require antibiotic therapy. Many are even more contagious than many bacterial infections. Bacterial infections sometimes require antibiotic therapy and can also be contagious. Physicians many times seek source of infection to avoid antibiotic overuse-which can lead to resistance. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

The germ: Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different ( they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. ( like flu) symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read more

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Difference between flu and fever vs. Meningitits?

Difference between flu and fever vs. Meningitits?

Influenza: Like night v day. Meningitis produces headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, alteration in consciousness and cognition along with possible neuropathy, and if bacterial and untreated can be fatal. Influenza is a viral illness that affects multiple organs but is seldom fatal by itself (except for primary flu pneumonia). It can alter immune function and make one open to secondary infections. ...Read more

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Salmonella vs. botulism vs. e-coli. what is the difference between the two?

Salmonella vs. botulism vs. e-coli. what is the difference between the two?

Which two: Which two, of the three? These are 3 different bacteria with major differences. Their comparison is beyond the scope of a site like this one. ...Read more

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Which type of cells does ebola virus infect?

Which type of cells does ebola virus infect?

Several types...: Ebola virus is the cause of a very serious form of hemorrhagic febrile illness that has a very high mortality rate. Ebola virus can infect several types of human cells. One of the most important of these is human lymphocytes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

What's the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

Predominantly cause: One is produced by bacteria, and usually we find the alveoli (tiny air sacs) filled with inflammatory material showing as consolidation on imaging studies, whereas in viral infection the tissues lining the air spaces are more involved and appears as a reticular pattern on imaging. Both can show overlapping pictures. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

What's the main difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

Need for antibiotics: When some on has bacterial pneumonia, the patients are sicker with high fever and may require hospitalisation and treated with antibiotinsdepending on whether it is community aquired, nursing home aquired or hospital aquired viral pnuomonia symptoms are milder and these patienta will get better by themselves and most of the time do not need hospitalisationbut some time it is difficult to dufferentia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between salmonella enterica and salmonella bongori?

What is the difference between salmonella enterica and salmonella bongori?

Good question: These are the two major species of salmonella. Bongori is primarily found in cold blooded animals but almost all the human infections are not bongori but rather one of the many serotypes of s. Enterica such as enteriditis, typhimurium and typhi. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Source of infection: One is caused by any of a number or viruses, the other is caused by any of a number of bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis responds to antibiotics, viral does not. Bacterial conjunctivitis results in copious discharge, viral results in scant discharge. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bacterial food borne illness and a viral one?

What is the difference between a bacterial food borne illness and a viral one?

Apples/oranges: Bacterial food borne illness often from undercooked, and/or contaminated food. Any uncooked animal product considered contaminated. Any raw, unwashed fruit/veg may be contaminated, so wash them before eating. Wash your hands before cooking, eating. Viral food borne illness includes hepatitis a, found in contaminated sea food, more commonly from food handlers. Other viral inf can cause GI sx. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

How can you tell the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Bacteria don't cause: Both colds and flu are caused by viruses. Flu hits like a ton of bricks--you're fine and an hour later you have a chill, then a fever and ache all over. Colds come on slower, rarely cause much of a fever or bad muscle pains. Go get a flu shot next month and you won't get a chance to find out first hand. ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more