A virus is an organism that is responsible for a wide variety of conditions -- from the flu to cholera to yellow fever. They replicate themselves by infecting a host cell. People often think that antibiotics can work against viruses, but this is a common misconception. Viruses are treated with medications called antivirals or antiretrovirals. The best way to prevent transmission and infection with a virus is with a vaccine. However, vaccines are not available for all viruses -- for example, there is currently no vaccine for the virus that causes AIDS.
Welcome to the Virus Health Channel by eMedTV. This health channel contains hundreds of articles discussing in depth dozens of viruses and the conditions they cause. A sampling of topics in this health channel includes bird flu, HIV, rhinovirus, smallpox, and variola. Within these articles, you will find detailed information on how these viruses are commonly transmitted, the effect they have on the body, possible symptoms, medications typically used to treat them, and more.
Many people begin their eMedTV virus experience by clicking one of the featured links located on this page. You can also start with the health topic section on the left side to find a topic of interest. If you do not find the specific information that you are looking for in these two locations, use the Search box at the top of this page.
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