How are viral infections spread?

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Viral infections can be spread in numerous ways. The fastest way is by contact with an infected person or an infected surface. Children touch their noses and mouths constantly then touch other objects leaving germs behind.

Child care workers who do not wash their hands after changing a diaper can quickly spread a virus throughout the child center. Many viruses travel through the air and are inhaled from someone who sneezes or coughs without covering their mouth. Some viruses are sexually transmitted, such as herpes, HIV, and gonorrhea. You might get a virus from a tick or mosquito bite. A rabid animal can pass a virus to you through its saliva or a bite.

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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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