What is the rate of incidence for viral infections?

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It is difficult to list how many people are afflicted with viral infections because viruses vary too much and are too numerous. However, a few examples include the 10 to15 million people in the United States who have the virus that causes tuberculosis. The same number of people have the symptoms of non-polio enterovirus. This is the most common viral infection after the common cold. Sixty to ninety percent of all adults who have been tested have been positive for cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is a herpes virus. Additionally, the HIV virus was responsible for more than 3.1 million deaths in the year 2005.

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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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