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What Causes Sars
Transmission: Noroviruses are in the Caliciviridae family of viruses & cause the most acute gastroenteritis in the US. Per Foodsafety.gov: “People who are infected can spread it directly to other people, or can contaminate food or drinks they prepare for other people. The virus can also survive on surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus or be spread through contact with an infected person. ...Read more
Influenza virus: There are many strains (family members) of influenza virus all over the world. Some strains affect animals and others humans. When a strain that "normally" infects animals develops the ability to infect humans, that is potentially dangerous because humans may have never had to fight off (become immune to) that strain. The "avian flu strains" come from birds. Swine flu strains came from pigs. ...Read more
A bacterial disease: Usually typhoid fever refers to a bacterial infection due to Salmonella typhi. But it can be confused with typhus: infection due to a special bacterial type called Rickettsia, which is an intracellular parasite. Both are common with poor sanitary practices, including unsafe water supply and drainage systems. See the difference here: http://tinyurl.com/csnxwt4 & http://tinyurl.com/lj9eewt ...Read more
C.diphtheriae strain: The germ corynebacterium diphtheriae is a bacteria that has a toxic strain that uses humans as it's only reservoir. It produces a variety of enzymes that allow it to penetrate and destroy cells or have toxic effects on the heart, kidneys & nerves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's a virus.: Croup is caused by a virus. Most commonly, the parainfluenza virus. This virus infects the upper respiratory tract, more specifically, the larynx (voice box) and trachea (wind pipe). This is why children with croup end up with a hoarse voice and the telltale barking cough. Cases of croup peak in the fall and winter and are generally most common in children ages 3 months to 3 years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: Meningitis develops when the circulating bacteria, virus, or fungi in the blood stream seeds and infects the meninges (thick covering of brain). Occasionally, it can also be an extension of inflammation of adjacent structures, e.g., paranasal sinus, to meninges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: Find a functional medicine doc in your area at a4m.Com using doc locator function. They can help you find cause of your cfs - usually environmental toxins, food allergens, and metabolic derangements. Then you can live a normal life rather than take meds that just mask symptoms and cause side effects! it is treatable! ...Read more
Single viral strain: Rubella is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read more
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