Survival Medicine Hour: Viral Illnesses, More

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Enterovirus D68

Infectious disease is of major concern in good times or bad, and the family medic must be able to identify some of the deadliest. Having just written a book about infectious diseases and the antibiotics that treat them, we’ve done our research on some of the worst illnesses that can occur even in countries with advanced medical systems. There are infections out there, however, that are often fatal and can’t be treated with antibiotics. These are usually viral in nature.

Ebola Virion

Viruses are microscopic pathogens that, unlike most bacteria, can reproduce only inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses are very simple entities that rarely consist of much more than a bit of genetic code covered by a protein coat (a “capsid”).

Joe and Amy Alton talk about some of the deadliest viruses on the planet, you’ve heard of some and not of others. Find out how to identify some of the diseases that may become the next big pandemic!

All this and more on the Survival Medicine hour with Joe and Amy Alton

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Don’t forget to get a copy of the Altons’ new book: “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibiotics in Austere Settings” now available at Amazon along with the award-winning guide “The Survival Medicine Handbook”‘s third edition. For autographed copies, go to, where you’ll find an entire line of medical kits and supplies as well!

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

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