Patterns of Some Viral Diseases of Humans

CHAPTER

  • THE DYNAMICS OF HUMAN-VIRUS INTERACTIONS
  • The stable association of viruses with their natural host places specific constraints on the nature of viral disease and mode of persistence
  • Classification of human disease-causing viruses according to virushost dynamics
  • Viral diseases leading to persistence of the virus in the host are generally associated with viruses having long associations with human populations
  • Viral diseases associated with acute, severe infection are suggestive of zoonoses
  • PATTERNS OF SPECIFIC VIRAL DISEASES OF HUMANS
  • Acute infections followed by virus clearing Colds and respiratory infections Influenza

Variola

  • Infection of an "accidental" target tissue leading to permanent damage despite efficient clearing
  • Persistent viral infections Papilloma and polyomavirus infections Herpesvirus infections and latency

Other complications arising from persistent infections

# Viral and subviral diseases with long incubation periods Rabies

HIV - AIDS Prion diseases

  • SOME VIRAL INFECTIONS TARGETING SPECIFIC ORGAN SYSTEMS
  • Viral infections of nerve tissue
  • Examples of viral encephalitis with grave prognosis Rabies

Herpes encephalitis

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