In man, numerous diseases are caused by these acellular beings. Virtually all human tissues and organs are affected by some viral infection.
Below you will find the most common viruses in our species. Mainly value transmission and prevention mechanisms. Note that yellow fever and dengue fever are two viruses that involve transmission by insects (mosquito of the species Aedes aegypti). For the first, there is vaccine.
Two viruses reported below, AIDS and condyloma acuminata are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The listing also lists common childhood viruses, rubella, mumps, measles, polio - for which vaccines are available. Some of the main viruses that affect humans are:
- Common Cold;
- Yellow fever;
- Chickenpox or chicken pox;
- Viral meningitis;
- Infectious Mononucleosis;
Prevention and treatment of viral diseases
Due to the use of host cell machinery, viruses become difficult to kill. The most effective medical solutions for viral diseases so far are vaccines to prevent infections, and drugs that treat the symptoms of viral infections.
Patients often ask for antibiotics, which are useless against viruses, and their abuse against viral infections is one cause of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. It is sometimes said that prudent action is to begin with antibiotic treatment while waiting for test results to determine if patients' symptoms are caused by a virus or bacterial infection.