Are certain viruses seasonal?

Some viruses are more common during certain seasons. This is often due to seasonal factors affecting how the virus spreads. The flu, for example, is caused by a virus that tends to occur -- and is more easily spread -- during the wintertime. One reason for this may be that people are more often crowded together indoors during the winter, so the virus can spread more easily. Other viruses, like the Zika virus, are spread by mosquitoes. So you’ll see infections more often during mosquito season.
Howard I. Baron, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Certain viruses that cause children gastrointestinal upset are seasonal, says Howard Baron, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he describes which viruses may strike children during particular seasons. 

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.

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