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Dengue fever carrier

Sparked by a Dengue infection on two of my off-site colleagues in India, I read up a little on this virus. Reading the Wikipedia article on Dengue fever, I saw that 80% of the infected people are ...
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Could genetically modified viruses cure genetic diseases?

Is it possible to create a genetically modified virus to carry a custom genetic payload, that could express protiens that the host is unable to make themselves? For example, could a virus be created ...
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Why is not possible to get HIV by touching a contaminated surface?

I was wondering if one could get HIV from basically touching a surface which have had viral DNA extract, serum, or blood on it; and then by touching their (bleeding) pimple or acne (or any other area ...
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Would coughing and sneezing regularly reduce the chance of catching a cold?

My understanding is that the cold virus originates in the nose and throat. I have researched the incubation period for a cold, and I understand it to be between 1 and 3 days. My thoughts are that if ...
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Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection after vaccination?

I may or may not have a viral infection in the past and then I took vaccination for it. Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection? For example HPV virus using IGG test.
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STI vs STD vs Sexually Transmitted Virus

I am very confused as in my answer to Why is HIV singled out from other STIs? I agreed with the OP that HIV is an STI. I have been led to believe the following definitions: STI Stands for Sexually ...
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Why are some viruses harder to make vaccines for?

A number of common viral disease agents have vaccines produced for them: Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Influenza (flu), Varicella (chicken pox), Poliovirus (polio), and many more. But many very serious or ...
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Does stopping fever hinder the process of killing bacteria via fever?

Since the body produces fever in order to kill bacteria, wouldn't decreasing the fever by taking anti fever medication decrease the body's ability to fight the bacteria? Assuming you have non life ...
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Why does the flu commonly cause cold chills while a cold does not?

The flu commonly causes cold chills, even though a cold doesn't usually. Why?
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Too low level of HIV virus to be infectious?

I just read about a court case where someone was acquitted for "being dangerous to the surrounding" by having unprotected sex when diagnosed with HIV. The reasoning was that since this person was ...
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Can you get infections by washing your body with someone else's water?

I was in a debate with someone about some religious topics. And one of them was a religious treatment ritual that included taking someone else's saliva and throwing water on his back then mixing both (...
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How can genital herpes be transmitted even with a condom?

I have read from various sources that, although the use of a condom does reduce the risk of transmission, it does not completely rule it out. Just how does that happen? Assuming that there are no ...
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I have natural immunity to Hepatitis B. Do I pose risk to others?

Some time ago I was rejected as donor and received following rejection letter: Just wanted to inform you that there was a positive infectious disease result for Hepatitis B. Unfortunately, we ...
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Is viral keratitis contagious?

Is viral keratitis contagious? I'm asking, as I'm not getting any authentic material on the net.
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What is the significance of “patients zero” in infectious disease beyond epidemiology?

A common focus of press releases following outbreak of a "new" infectious disease is the "patient zero", or first individual to show infection. Why? I can understand how epidemiologically it would be ...
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HPV 51 positive male - how to avoid cancer?

From what I know: HPV 51 is considered carcinogenic There is currently no reliable method to completely cure it What can be done to mitigate the risks? How to detect cancer development? Are any ...
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Contagiousness of lip herpes in the work environment?

I just started working in a chemistry lab and found out on my first day that someone in the same lab as I am has lip herpes. I am a habitual nailbiter, and while this would be a great opportunity to ...
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Does taking antibiotics make you immune to virus?

Let's say someone has a virus and the doctor prescribed him to take him antibiotics, while taking the antibiotics can he be effected with another type of virus or the antibiotics will make him immune ...
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Can virus and bacteria survive in soda water? (carbonated water)

I was wandering if it is possible for soda to be contaminated by viruses/bacteria originating from water that was used to produce it. I have to specific questions: Can jaundice virus/bacteria survive ...
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Can wearing a mask when sick help fight off infection?

I keep reading that at least in the case of viruses humidifiers and warmer air can kill viruses, especially if you have sinusitis. I was thinking that if you wear a mask you would achieve both higher ...
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has your body killed a cold virus before you experience any symptoms?

A friend tells me that by the time you feel the first symptoms of a cold (runny nose, sore throat, whatever the first symptoms are), your immune system has actually already killed the virus, and the ...
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Can viruses be inherited?

In theory, any virus capable of infecting germ cells can plant its genetic load into the sperm/ova that will eventually become offspring. So are most viruses inheritable? Really, if your parents ever ...
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Is the common cold deadly to a suppressed immune system?

If you were taking an immune system suppressant such as Prograf (Tacrolimus) for a long period of time would a virus like the common cold linger in the body and cause infection over time and possibly ...
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Does fasting improve your immune system even when you are already having some infection?

I am one of the self-motivated activists who run some groups to answer various misconceptions about science and try to fight against ignorance, pseudo-sciences and blind faiths. I was recently asked ...
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What is the minimum exposure to a virus to acheive immunization?

Is it possible to gain immunity against a virus if the exposure to the virus is not large enough to cause any clinical symptoms? And if so, would the immunity achieved without symptoms be as strong as ...
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Other than complications related to pregnancy, does zika pose any adult health risks?

Mosquito bites have a host of potential issues. If there is no chance I will become pregnant, should the potential for zika cause me anymore concern about mosquito bites then all of the other things ...
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How contagious is glandular fever?

What sort of exposure would be necessary or sufficient for someone to be infected? E.g handshaking, sitting across from someone with the virus for an hour or so, etc etc
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How is measured the transmission rate of virusses?

I would like to know how is measured the transmission rate of viruses, for example, there is a 'normal' flu, his transmission rate is '1', but for a virus like H1N1 the transmission rate is '0.2' ...
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Accurate embryo age and Zika virus

I've been reading many articles trying to find the age above which there is no risk on the embryo from a Zika virus infection. All what I got was similar to "very dangerous at the beginning" or "not ...
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Is the use of antibiotics justified for respiratory viral infections?

It is a widespread belief that antibiotics should not be used for treating viral infections, as they are effective against bacteria, not viruses (see e.g. http://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/). ...
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What's the cutoff age for concern with the Zika virus in infants?

CNN is reporting that there is a potentially serious outbreak of this "Zika virus." From all the blogs and articles out there on Zika, it is obvious that this virus is a serious threat to pregnant ...
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Does vomiting while feeling nausea from stomach flu make it easier or harder for the body to recover?

I was talking with somebody who believes that when having stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and feeling nausea, you should try to vomit. This person's theory is that the stomach flu virus makes some foods ...
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In a viral infection, which symptoms are caused by the virus itself, and which symptoms are caused by the body fighting the virus? [closed]

Most symptoms commonly associated with respiratory viral infections, like the common cold, are actually immune in nature. Fever is the body's attempt to overheat the virus, excess mucous is the body's ...
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Are microbes that don't make you sick able to reproduce more numerously or at a faster rate in the human body than microbes that do make you sick?

Are microbes that don't make you sick able to reproduce more numerously or at a faster rate in the human body than microbes that do make you sick? I wouldn't want to assume much on this question.
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Can microbes be bred to be less infectious?

It was a strange idea that popped into my head. Could wild infectious microbes be bred (directed evolution) by some mechanism (such as through hypothetical drug therapies) to "domesticate" them and ...
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How to tell if the common cold has turned to an infection

I am very susceptible to the common cold. I get it at least 2 - 3 times a year. Sometimes it goes away in a couple of days, sometimes it develops into a nasty throat/lung infection with an awful cough ...
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How accurate is testing for HSV-2?

I've never had any symptoms of a Herpes simplex virus 2 infection. However, I want to find out if I carry this type of virus in my body. Is it true that there is an antibody test to answer that ...
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Do I have to wait after a tick bite to get vaccinated for encephalitis?

I recently removed a tick I must have caught while camping. Thinking of my plans for the summer (which involve frequently changing clothes in the wilderness), I realized I'd like to get a vaccination ...