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What are the limits on the amount of pathogens that a body can be immune to at any given time?

Before the seasonal flu vaccine was recommended for all healthy adults, people in developed countries might get vaccinated against on the order of 10 different pathogens and develop immunity for some ...
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Is rabies virus infectious outside host?

Can rabies virus remain infectious on environment i.e on soil, grasses, leaves and water? I am just paranoid I may come into contact with rabid animal's saliva without knowing it. So wanted to know ...
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Does gargling Hydrogen Peroxide or Listerine help combat cold/flu?

More specifically, does gargling help prevent sickness when a person feels the early-stages of being sick? (That slight feeling of rawness in one's throat, for example, or a light, abnormal fatigue). ...
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Why does fish have a lower minimum safe-cooking temperature?

Food safety guidelines suggest cooking fish to at least 130F. Chicken, in contrast, should be cooked to at least 165F. Perhaps the bacteria/viruses found in fish die at lower temperatures. If so, why ...
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Can shingles on one part of my body spread to another?

I broke out with shingles to my face. Can I spread the virus to other parts of my own body (for example, to my nasal mucosa) by scratching? I've googled and found contradictory information. Some ...
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What happens to HIV once it completely destroys the immune system?

Today, in my high school health class we were learning about HIV and AIDS, and I was wondering what would happen to HIV if it killed off all of the cells that it uses to reproduce. For example, ...
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Is HIV the cause of AIDS?

That HIV causes AIDS always seemed like an obvious fact to me, this seemed to be the widely accepted opinion. But just now I found the article "Questioning the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: 30 years of dissent"...