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Ebola virus is one of at least 30 known viruses capable of causing viral hemorrhagic fever syndrome.
Presently, no specific therapy is available that has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
Encephalitis Kills 200 in Bihar, India ę Fire Earth this is ongoing , but a nice virus ,
Acute viral encephalitis is most often caused by a viral infection from a large list of viruses that include rabies virus, herpes simplex virus (the virus that causes cold sores and the sexually transmitted infection, STI, genital herpes), poliovirus, measles virus, JC virus, West Nile Virus, mumps, varicella zoster virus (the virus which is responsible for chickenpox in children and shingles in adults), and rubella.
Exposure to viruses can occur through
- Breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person
- Contaminated food or drink
- Mosquito, tick, and other insect bites
- Skin contact (Source A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia and others
Other causes may include an allergic reaction to vaccinations, autoimmune disease, bacteria, such as Lyme disease, complication of an existing infectious disease such as syphilis and tuberculosis, parasitic infestations, such as malaria, roundworms, cysticercosis, and toxoplasmosis in AIDS patients and other people who have a weakened immune system, or the effects of cancer.
For a list of other acute infections and symptoms click HERE.
"Brother, you don't need to turn me away.
I was waiting down by the ancient gate."
Interestingly there was a case in America the other day, someone bitten rescuing a mouse from a cat, apparently there are a small number each year but only a small percentage of people die nowadays, modern antibiotics can cope on the whole, as I said, it is the viral diseases we need to fear. That and don't rescue vermin.
A Read for the Train, a collection of short stories, flash fiction and verse.
Read the reviews, its cheaper on Lulu, on the other hand you pay postage.
The Hot Zone"
It's a best-seller and is a true "page turner." It's also a true story. Wiki - The Hot Zone Once read, you'll have all the material necessary to build believable references for your story.
As far as storyline believability and how to "keep the virus in the city", the simple answer is that you can't. A true outbreak that had such effects on a large, popular and populous city would quickly spread to other regions. You will have to use some sort of creative, entirely fictional, method to keep the virus isolated and keep infected people and/or animals from spreading it.
Hot Zone......*chills* loved that book.
Named my kid's musical stuffed giraffe Ebola in honor of that book. His nickname was Typhoid.
"Yes, that's "Chlamydia, the Adventure Bunny" and her sidekick bear, "Syphilis the Fair," little Janie."
"Cool! I'll tell Mom we named them."
"Good girl, I'm sure she'll be pleased."
Well, since this is fiction you donít need to use any known virus. You can invent a virus. And if you want it to happen in LA you should think about this city and what it has that is unique for this virus to have appeared in there. You can borrow from the known virus some features, but the rest you can customize to fit in your story.
Thank you all!
Is there a reason it has to be a virus? In my story I used some alien nanotech technology to produce something virus-like in a society. Since I invented the technology I could make it do whatever I wanted (which is some pretty nasty stuff). Just throwing it out there. Good luck on your story. I'm all about the apocolypse-style stories!
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