What are the most serious viral infections?

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There are numerous amounts of serious viral infections, but with the advent of vaccines, many of them, for example smallpox, have been eradicated. However, a few deadly viruses still exist. HIV is a serious viral infection that can be controlled but, as yet, has no cure. Hepatitis C can damage your liver. Viral infections that attack the nervous system, such as rabies and West Nile virus, can be fatal if not treated immediately--West Nile can be life-threatening if it enters the brain, but without treatment, rabies is always fatal. SARS, and the H1N1 virus are the newer problematic viruses. In other parts of the world, dengue fever and yellow fever are common, and both can be dangerous. Ebola is probably the most well known and the most dangerous of the hemorrhagic fevers. What's more, polio has begun to resurface of late.

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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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