A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea. Viruses are tiny organisms that may lead to mild to severe illnesses in humans, animals and plants. This may include
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A shadow network of patients are trying to treat their own debilitating diseases — by infecting themselves with gastrointestinal worms.
Eight people who worked at several rat-breeding facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin have been infected with a virus not commonly found in the United States, federal health officials said Friday. This is the first known outbreak of Seoul virus associated with pet rats in the United States, although there have been several outbreaks in wild
A raccoon parasite that can be deadly in humans can infect people without causing symptoms, a new study indicates. It was believed that the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, or raccoon roundworm, led to severe neurological problems and even death in infected people. But University of Georgia (UGA) researchers found that isn’t necessarily true. They looked at
Traces of Zika virus genetic material have been found in a second mosquito species, researchers report. The main carrier of Zika is the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). But researchers have now found fragments of Zika RNA during genetic testing of Asian tiger mosquitoes collected in Brazil. This doesn’t prove that the Asian tiger mosquito
It’s spread by an insect that’s often called the “kissing bug.” And now, the parasitic infection know as Chagas disease is prevalent in the United States, new research shows. Investigators tested nearly 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County in California. They found that 1.3 percent had Chagas disease, which can cause life-threatening heart