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.
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