CategoryViral Diseases

Influenza: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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The word “flu” is often used very casually. People say they had the flu, or the stomach flu, or “some kind of flu is going around.” Actual influenza usually makes people sick enough that it is clearly something different. If you did not get the influenza vaccine as flu season begins and you get sick, how will you know it is the flu? Most people who actually have it know...

Influenza – The Virus and the Vaccine

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Many people don’t give any thought to influenza, commonly called the flu, but they should. True influenza is a highly contagious, viral illness that can cause epidemics, severe disease, and even death. Once you have had it, you will remember, and will probably want the vaccine before the next influenza season. Influenza is believed to have been infecting people for 2500 years, since the ancient...

Everything You Need to Know About Ebola Virus

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The Ebola Virus is big news at the moment and is currently causing a huge panic in the media, enough perhaps to get the general public somewhat worried. What is this virus? What are the causes? And are we at risk? Read on to find out everything you need to know about Ebola. What Is Ebola? Ebola, technically known as ‘Ebola Virus Disease’ (EVD) or ‘Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever’...

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever – The Critical Phase of Dengue Fever

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Dengue hemorrhagic fever is the advanced and sometimes potentially life-threatening form of dengue fever; itself a tropical disease caused by the arbovirus DENV and spread by mosquito of the genus aedes (aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus). Mosquitos become infected when biting humans carrying the virus and may then go on to infect others. The main symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever include...

FAQ on Flu Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Prevention Why I still get the flu, when I had a flu shot last year? Generally, flu shot is only 75% effective, which means there is still a 25% chance that you can get a flu. On older people, flu shot effectiveness declines. For example, if a person is 70 years old, the effectiveness drops to 40 percent. Flu shot also needs some time to work and there is a chance that you’re infected with a...

Has the Flu Been Linked to Diabetes and Heart Attack?

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Flu season is upon us once again, and so the question of whether or not to be vaccinated against it also comes up again. The influenza virus in its pandemic forms can be very serious (in the U.S. alone, 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from the flu per year), but even in its relatively benign forms the flu can produce symptoms such as chills, body aches, fatigue, coughs and...

How to Keep From Giving Your Flu to Others

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The 2012-2013 flu season is off to an early start, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that it’s likely to be a big one, with as many as a quarter of a million Americans hospitalized by serious cases of the flu, and as many as 40,000 of them dying as the result of complications from it, such as pneumonia. The CDC is naturally urging people to get flu...

Quickest Way to Get Over the Flu?

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As we are all but humans, we all know the pains of getting sick. Maybe you’ve been fortunate to never have caught the flu or maybe you’re just very resilient to disease. For those of us that are not that fortunate, having a resource that explains some of the best ways to get over the flu quickly with as little pain, vomiting, coughing and nose running as possible. Note that this information is...

Rabies Prevention in Humans

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In recent years we haven’t been hearing as much about rabies as we had in the past which has led many people to become complacent. Make no mistake, the potential danger of contracting this extremely communicable viral disease is very real, especially if you live in or plan on visiting a part of the world known to have a problem with rabid animals. There are actually two medical approaches to...

Viral Infections – What You Need to Know

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There are many different viruses that lead to a number of different illnesses in humans. These viruses range from being very mild and causing innocuous conditions such as the common cold to being quite severe and causing complications such as mumps, measles, influenza and HIV/AIDS. For years viruses have baffled doctors and to date there is no known cure for any virus. This makes viral infections...

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