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Is the influenza a retrovirus?

Is the influenza a retrovirus?

No, but its still...: ...Deadly. Influenza is still a leading killer, inspite of the existence of a vaccine. It is not part of the family of viruses known as retroviruses, which tend to incorporate themselves into the genome of the host cell. Get your flu-shopt every year and wash your hands regularly during the flu-season. ...Read more

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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

Not likely: Rotavirus is though to spread via the fecal-oral route, so infection occurs in areas of poor sanitation. Good hand washing helps to prevent spread of viruses such as rotavirus. ...Read more

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What is gastrointestinal influenza? Is it contagious?

What is gastrointestinal influenza? Is it contagious?

Gastroenteritis: I prefer to use gastroenteritis to describe what people refer to as the 'stomach flu', vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes accompanied by fever. It is usually casused by a viruses-this year we are seeing a lot of norovirus. Gastroenteritis can also be caused by bacteria-like e. Coli, salmonella, shigella, yersinia, campylobacter. It is not influenza (respiratory illnes, longer lasting, severe). ...Read more

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What is the human para-influenza virus?

What is the human para-influenza virus?

CDC says....: Here's a good article to address your question: http://www.cdc.gov/parainfluenza/ ...Read more

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What is rota virus?

What is rota virus?

Gut virus.: A virus in the reoviridae family that infects the gut causing diarrhea. Usually infects children, is common and world -wide. ...Read more

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What is a low fever virus?

What is a low fever virus?

Not sure: Need more information to be able to answer. Fever is often associated with many infections, including viral. Different viruses cause different problems and different symptoms. The amount of fever usually does not suggest a particular infection. If it is very high in a child that is not acting sick, it can be a common childhood virus. "low fever virus" is really not a classification of viruses. ...Read more

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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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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. ...Read more

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What is a viral infection?

What is a viral infection?

From a virus: Infections most often are either bacterial ( ie strep throat) or viral ( ie the flu, the common cold) Bacterial infections are treatment with antibiotics which kill or harm the bacteria allowing your immune syst to destroy the rest. Viruses run their course are not harmed by antibiotics and make you ill for a week or more. ...Read more

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What is a pandemic?

Disease goes global: A pandemic is a disease outbreak that is global in scale. ...Read more

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What is the influenza type of virus?

What is the influenza type of virus?

Orthomyxoviridae: Influenza family of viruses (3 major ones- a, b, c) belong in the orthomyxoviridae family of single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Influenza a infects humans, birds, and certain mammals. It causes all flu pandemics. Influenza b virus is less common than influenza a, though it can infect seals. Influenza c virus infects humans and pigs, but is much less common, causing milder disease. ...Read more

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Is a rotavirus contagious?

Is a rotavirus contagious?

Yes: Very. It is spread very easily between children and sometimes adults. Almost every person has been infected with a rotavirus at least once in their life. ...Read more

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What is herpangina virus?

What is  herpangina virus?

Cocksackievirus: Usually affects children and young adult. Can be painful mouth sore. The sores form in the back area of the mouth, particularly the soft palate and can last up to 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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What is t-virus?

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Fiction: It is a fictitious virus in a video game. ...Read more

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What is a pinkeye carrier?

What is a pinkeye carrier?

Same as cold: Pink eye is a viral infection similar to having cold/upper respiratory infection. Some people may have cold virus with minimal symptom but some could developer bad cold. Pink eye development has similar course of development and recovery . ...Read more

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Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?

Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?

See Below: It can be a bit confusing. The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3. ...Read more

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Is mononucleosis a serious virus to everybody?

Is mononucleosis a serious virus to everybody?

Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis is caused by epsteinbarr virus (eb virus), it causes mononucleosis.If you get infected it can cause a mild disease and not so mild in others. ...Read more

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Is the flu always a disease caused by a virus?

Is the flu always a disease caused by a virus?

Sure: True influenza is always caused by an influenza virus but there are lots of influenza-like viruses caused by other respiratory viruses and the stomach 'flu, not an influenza at all. ...Read more

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What is a reactivation of epstein barr?

What is a reactivation of epstein barr?

EBV: A deactivation of ebv means the virus which has been dormant in your body is replicating and causing symptoms of the viral infection. ...Read more

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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