What causes viral infections?

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Because viruses live everywhere, all you have to do is breathe or touch something or come in contact with someone who is infected to catch the virus yourself. An insect or parasite bite may cause a virus. Sometimes a viral infection can live inside your body in a dormant state that can be triggered when stimulated. You can become contaminated with a virus through sexual intercourse with a partner who is already infected.

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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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