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Viruses and Human Disease

Viruses can cause many debilitating diseases and some are associated with cancer.

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epidemic

epidemic

An outbreak of a disease within a population of people during a specific time.
epidemiologists

epidemiologists

Scientists who investigate the outbreak of diseases, investigating their causes.
influenza

influenza

A contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses; the flu.
latency

latency

Period of dormancy of a virus inside a living body; may last for many years.
pandemic

pandemic

An epidemic that spreads through human populations across a large region (for example a continent), or even worldwide.
SARS

SARS

A respiratory disease which is caused by the SARS coronavirus; severe acute respiratory syndrome.
West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

A virus known as a flavivirus; spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person.
zoonosis

zoonosis

A disease that can be spread from animals to humans.

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