Viral Infections Directory
Viruses cause all types of infections and diseases. Some of the most common viral infections are the common cold, the flu, and warts. Some of the more severe diseases that viruses cause are HIV/AIDS, smallpox, and hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola and Marburg. In order for viruses to cause an infection, they must take their genetic material and hijack normal, living cells to produce more viruses with the same genetic material. Since viruses live inside cells of the body, they are hard to kill. But there are vaccines that can protect humans from many viral infections. Learn more about various viral infections and vaccines.
Bacterial vs. Viral Infections: Causes and Treatments
What’s the difference between a bacterial and viral infection? WebMD explains, and provides information on the causes and treatments for both.
An Overview of Smallpox
WebMD explains smallpox, a virus that has largely been eradicated worldwide.
H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu): Symptoms, Causes, Tests, Treatments, Prevention
Learn about the H1N1 flu virus (swine flu), including what causes it, and its symptoms, tests, treatments, and prevention.
Information About the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Infection by HPV (the human papillomavirus) is common. WebMD explains the risks of infection and the strains of HPV that can lead to cancer.
The Ghost of Smallpox Past
Despite its being dead for 25 years, the specter of a smallpox pestilence -- via terrorism -- haunts the public.
Viral Hepatitis: Eight Ways to Protect Your Family
Hepatitis A and B can lead to liver damage and sometimes death. But you can protect yourself and your family with these eight steps.
Viral Hepatitis: 8 Self-Defense Tips for Travelers
The risk of contracting viral hepatitis is higher for many Americans who travel abroad -- especially to regions where hepatitis is prevalent and sanitation is poor. Here are 8 tips to protect travelers.
Another West Nile Virus Summer?
Eyes are turning to California as encephalitis season starts.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia on Eye
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Telangiectases on the bulbar conjuctiva.
Picture of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection: Close-Up
Varicella-zoster virus infection: herpes zoster with cluster of grouped vesicles. Grouped and confluent vesicles surrounding erythema on the chest wall.
Picture of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection
Varicella-zoster virus infection: varicella. Multiple, very pruritic, erythematous papules, vesicles (“dewdrops on a rose petal”), and crusted papules on erythematous, edematous bases on the face and neck of a young female. The spectrum of lesions, arising over 7 to 10 days, is typical of varicella.
Picture of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Punctuate hemorrhagic macules on the finger.