Today we all know that viruses are infectious agents also known as parasites that reproduce after entering inside the body of their living host. The host could be plant, animal or human. It does not have any ability to reproduce by itself. They infect their host and in return, the host cell produces several duplicate copies of the virus. These viruses destroy the host cells attacking them and causing severe infection and illness. Thus the viruses are called the deadliest things present on our planet.
Where did the virus come from?The answer to this question is still unknown. Several theories describe the evolution of viruses. Some say that the virus originated from bacteria while others say that they are already present in the living bodies. They are body plasmids and they are transferable from one living being to another. Until today nearly 4,800 new species of the virus have been discovered. Their size is not more than an inch, they are usually measured in nanometers and their weight depends on the type of specie they belong to. Their spreading way varies from specie to specie. The plants virus spread from plants through insects or other living organisms. Animal or mammal viruses are mostly transferred through bodily fluids, through droplets or direct exposure. Every year virus infection causes severe illness among animals, plants and human beings. Every year scientists are in an urge to create a new vaccine for the newly developed deadly viruses.
How to treat a viral infection?Till date no treatment or cure is introduced to treat any viral infection. It is said that viral infections are only defended by the strong immune system. The anti-biotic drugs are used to treat other illness or bacterial diseases because they have zero effect to treat the viral infection. However, there are some vaccines produced that can help to restrain the viral infection.
Deadliest viruses in historyStudies have claimed that among the species discovered so far there are more than 320,000 different types of viruses that can infect the mammals alone. They are responsible for killing nearly 15 million people each year. This is indeed terrifying because we are unaware that most of the deaths around us or the globe are caused by viruses alone. We take the viruses too light but in reality, they are the most deadly micro-organisms present on our planet. Viruses are found everywhere and they have infected every type of life on earth. Today through this article, The Planet Today will make you aware of the deadliest viruses present on our planet.
Dengue VirusDengue virus is known as the mosquito-borne virus. It is one of the deadliest viruses that the world has ever encountered. The source of this virus is the mosquito.
The deadliest virus is spreading rapidlyThe virus spread through dengue mosquitoes and has now spread to almost 110 countries of the world. It is responsible for the death of more than 20,000 people each year infecting more than 100 million people. It causes severe illness. Its fatality rate is less than 1% if the patient is given proper medical care and support. The patient can easily defeat the virus. The fatality rate increases if it is left unnoticeable because it develops dengue hemorrhagic fever. The incubation period of this deadly virus is four to seven days. The body develops symptoms after four to seven days after the dengue mosquito bite. In several cases, it was declared that dengue fever is not STD but last year the first case of dengue virus sexual transmission was reported.
RotavirusRotavirus is also known as a children virus. It is one of the most contagious virus. This deadly virus is known as a child killer because it causes the death of more than 215,000 children every year. The child affected with this virus causes severe diarrhea and illness. This virus is active in winter and causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and dehydration in children and also some adults. There is no cure to treat this disease. However, a vaccine to prevent rotavirus has been discovered and the infants are required to receive two doses of rotavirus vaccine.
Variola VirusVariola Virus is the smallpox virus. This virus is further divided into two types: Variola major virus and Variola minor virus. Variola major virus is a deadly virus with the highest mortality rate whereas the variola minor is less fatal. The variola virus is known as the deadliest virus in the history of mankind because it has killed more humans than any other virus. Smallpox virus was diagnosed some 3000 years ago and it has a 90% fatality rate and it has caused the death of nearly 300 million people in the 20th century alone.
The deadly virus was declared eradicatedNo case of smallpox was diagnosed after 1977 and in 1980 it was eradicated globally. The evolution of this virus is unclear because it dates back to 12,000 years. Smallpox is eradicated from the world but there are still threats that it could be used as bio-weapons or it can again originate from any source.
Rubeola VirusRubeola virus causes measles which is known as one of the most devastating and contagious diseases that spread rapidly. There is no cure for measles but vaccines have been discovered to stop the spread of this viral disease. Every year thousands of measles case are diagnosed that result in several deaths.
Measles outbreak of this centuryThe last deadliest measles outbreak occurred in 2018 to 2019 which infected more than 10 million people killing 140,000 people worldwide. However, the only way to stop this disease is by proper vaccination. The disease was eradicated from the world in 2000 but it again showed a comeback last year. Over the last century, the measles virus has killed 200 million people worldwide.
Flavivirus or yellow fever virusFlavivirus or YFV is known as the biggest killer in history. This is a mosquito-borne virus and a person gets infected by the mosquito or when an infected mosquito bites a person. The mosquito gets infected by biting an infected human or monkey. The yellow fever is a flu-like virus that later develops high fever and jaundice. This disease does not spread from one person to another. Although there is no cure but a vaccine has been developed to stop the spread of this viral disease.
Cure for YFVThe disease is cured by getting a blood transfusion, taking enough liquid and a healthy immune system. In several extreme cases the virus can cause bleeding from mouth, nose, eyes or stomach and it can also affect your kidneys. It is said that around 50% of people who develop this disease die in a week.
Influenza virusThe influenza virus is responsible for causing the most infectious disease “The Flu”. The flu virus is also known as one of the most contagious and are known to cause global pandemics. The influenza virus is of two types: Type A and type B, that are subdivided into several types. The incubation period of the flu virus is two to three days and a single person can infect several persons for nearly a month. The virus spreads from an infected person to entire area. The spreading of virus is through cough and sneeze droplets present in the air or through direct contact. Although, there is no cure for influenza but a yearly vaccine has been introduced which is effective for some types of influenza. Besides this, there are several antiviral drugs like oseltamivir which is used to treat the flu. Every year a flu outbreak is noticed globally. The flu outbreak infects more than 6 million people each year causing the death of 650,000 people including unvaccinated children.
Flu outbreaks in HistoryThe major flu outbreak in history includes:
- Spanish flu in 1918 (50 to 100 million confirmed deaths).
- Asian Influenza in 1957 that killed two million people.
- Hong Kong Flu in 1968 that killed 1 million people.
- A new influenza type A virus name H1N1 that created a pandemic in June 2009.