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Health: Viral Diseases

What are viruses? Which viruses can cause cancer? Find the answers on these web sites. Learn about these viruses: the human papillomavirus, chicken pox, and dengue fever. Included are eThemes resources on polio, pandemics, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.


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Students can browse through an alphabetical list of many different viral and rickettsial diseases to learn more.
This site has information on respiratory viruses such as the common cold and the flu. Includes an audio pronunciation guide for common medical terms.
This site has information on the structure of a virus. Look at the chart that shows the link between some viruses and cancer.
This site has many electron micrograph images of different viruses. NOTE: The site has a link to a guestbook.
Learn about and search photos, illustrations, and videos for different types of viruses. NOTE: This library includes subject matter that might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised.
This government site explains what HPV is and includes links to printable resources.
Read this article, "Vaccine for Sexually Transmitted Virus is Urged for Both Sexes." NOTE: The site includes ads.
Learn the difference between viral and bacterial meningitis.
"Viruses: The New Cancer Hunters" explains what a virus is and how viruses might be used to combat cancer. Click on the virus diagram to enlarge it.
"China Taking Steps to Fight its HIV Problem" explains how methadone clinics may prevent HIV infection. NOTE: The site includes ads.
"Intestines Act as HIV Reservoir" recommends treatments to combat the HIV virus in gut mucosa. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This article is written for adults and explains the symptoms of chicken pox as well as the origin of the name.
Students can learn about the varicella vaccine.
This site lists some of the possible complications from chicken pox. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This mosquito borne illness is a major health concern in warm climates. Print out this fact sheet.
Read this profile of dengue fever and see a map where it has been located.
This fact sheet gives in-depth information on Denque Fever including has a "History," "Current Trends," and "Future Outlook."
These sites about polio explain how the disease is spread and the efforts to eradicate it by 2005. Find out where in the world there has been a recent increase in polio cases. See photographs documenting the fight against polio, and explore interactive timelines to learn why new cases have drastically decreased since the 1950s. Read biographies about Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, inventors of two different polio vaccines. Also learn about the iron lung and how it helped people with polio.
These sites are geared toward high school students to learn about avian flu, pandemic flu, and seasonal flu. Read about the 1918 influenza outbreak and view photographs from that period. Audio and video recordings are available on some sites.
These sites are about AIDS and HIV. There is information on how the disease is transmitted and how it is treated. Includes statistics on how many people worldwide are infected and the number of U.S. teenagers diagnosed with the disease. There is also information on prevention and testing.
These sites are about Sexually Transmitted Diseases. There is information on signs and symptoms of different STDs, how STDs are transmitted from person to person, how to prevent STD transmission, and which diseases are most common. Includes statistics on how many people worldwide are infected and the number of U.S. population diagnosed with the disease. There is also information on prevention and testing.

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