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How are viral infections treated?

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Vaccines have been around since the beginning of the 20th century. They've drastically reduced the number of new cases of viral diseases such as polio, measles, and chickenpox. In addition, vaccines can prevent such infections such as the flu, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), and others.

However, the treatment of viral infections has proved more challenging. For some viral diseases, such as herpes simplex virus infections, HIV/AIDS, and influenza, antiviral medications have become available, but drug-resistant microbes have been created as a result.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Understanding Microbes in Sickness and in Health.”

MicrobeWorld.org: “Virus or Bacterium?” “Viral vs. Bacterial Reproduction.”

Merck Manual Second Home Edition: “Bacterial Infections,” “Viral Infections.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Understanding Microbes in Sickness and in Health.”

MicrobeWorld.org: “Virus or Bacterium?” “Viral vs. Bacterial Reproduction.”

Merck Manual Second Home Edition: “Bacterial Infections,” “Viral Infections.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 23, 2019

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