Top 10 Weird Viruses You Never Heard Of
Top 10 Weird Viruses You’ve Never Heard Of! From the moment we’re born until well into our adult years, we’re constantly being told what we should be …
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From the moment we’re born until well into
our adult years, we’re constantly being
told what we should be protecting our bodies
We’re told to get vaccinated, to use bug
repellant, to stay away from certain countries,
to remove ticks immediately, to use protection
during intercourse, and why?
Because we’re all afraid of dying from a
weird virus, of course.
However, it is true that there are a lot of
viruses out there we’ve never heard of and
are oblivious to being scared of.
Which is EXACTLY what we're going to talk
Here are the top 10 weird viruses you've never
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Rotavirus is a rampant virus in children that
causes the small intestine to release water
into the gut causing diarrhea, dehydration
and more devastating symptoms.
By age 5, almost all children have been infected
at least once.
It’s pretty small and travels through the
Even just a little bit of contamination will
get you and as a result, all of your friends,
There are eight species, all very alike.
The interesting thing is that every time you
get it you become a little bit more immune,
so it affects you less next time.
This isn’t one of those diseases that you
get only in underdeveloped countries, either.
It can travel in clean water supplies, which
makes it easy to live and spread in developed
The best way to prevent it?
Not just injections either, in case you or
your kids are afraid of needles.
Oral vaccines are available, and they’ve
resulted in a decrease of over 50% of cases.
This is a Sexually Transmitted Infection which
is, though you’ve never heard of it, actually
Planned Parenthood said that about 80% of
the U.S. population carries it and 4 in 10
Americans are infected before puberty.
Well, maybe, but also because it also spreads
through saliva and other bodily fluids.
You can never get rid of it, either.
So why isn’t everyone talking about it?
Because it’s mostly symptomatic, sometimes
showing up as a rash or a cold.
It doesn’t pose a risk for most, unless
you’re pregnant or have a compromised immune
If you do show more severe symptoms, they’ll
probably be fever, pneumonia, diarrhea, ulcers,
hepatitis, encephalitis, behavioral changes,
seizures, coma, visual impairment… but again,
You’ll probably just get mononucleosis at
the very worst.
A three-in-one virus for you at number 8.
This includes Nipah Virus, Ceder Virus, and
Hendra Virus, which are all prevalent in African,
Asian, and Australian bats.
It’s caused outbreaks in Australian horse
populations and fruit bats which, somehow,
end up affecting humans as well.
Usually, it was contracted via the horses
by the handlers, there’s not, like, a weird
bat cult in Australia, though if there is,
please tell us about it.
As a result of this virus, 45 horses and 7
humans have died and now the notoriously strict
Australian government vaccinates all horses
against Hendra virus to protect them and their
The Nipah strand is carried by a fruit bat
in Asia and has been much more lethal, killing
almost 300 people and affecting hundreds of
thousands of livestock.
It has flu-like symptoms, which cause organ
failure and has no vaccine.
Fun fact: it was actually the inspiration
for the virus in the movie Contagion.
So far, they’re not a great threat, but
if human-to-human transmission happened, since
we have no vaccine, we’d have a large problem
on our hands.
Nope, this virus won’t make your pen float
in mid-air above your wizardry book.
It will, actually, cause bumps, ulcers, fever,
chills, muscle and joint pain, swollen glands
and eventually, hemorrhoid growths, swelling
of the reproductive organs and rectal ulcers
that require surgery.
I know what you’re thinking.
How, oh how, can I avoid this virus, Jim?
Well, it’s a sexually transmitted infection
common in Central and South America, though
not absent in North America, so watch out.
Use protection and if you do happen to get
infected, worry not, go straight to your doctor
and tell her to attack that sucker with antibiotics.
That’ll do the trick.
Just make sure you do it between stages one
and two when the symptoms are still somewhat
Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus
Another Sexually Transmitted Virus!
This one is the same class as the HIV/AIDS
virus endemic in places like Japan, the Caribbean,
Central, and South America, West Africa and
Southeastern U.S… why the Southeastern?
What are you guys doing over there?
Ya know what, don't answer that.
You can transmit it via sexual contact, exposure
to contaminated blood, and breastfeeding.
As with HIV, no vaccines exist, nor any prospects
for them are coming soon.
After you contract the virus, it lives in
your body for a really long time, not manifesting
until later in life.
In severe cases, it causes neurological diseases,
inflammation of the eyes and rheumatic syndromes.
Those all sound like great reasons to stay
healthy, get tested regularly and protect
yourself, am I right?
You’ve heard of parasites, right?
Well, not like this, you haven’t.
These parasites are spread through sexual
There are a wide variety of ways of getting
these, but we’ll let you use your imagination
on those, but mainly it’s because of sexual
practices that involve getting up close and
personal with someone’s… ehm.. backdoor.
As a result, you’ll find conditions like
giardiasis, amebiasis, and cryptosporidiosis,
that show symptoms as simple as pain to bloody
diarrhea and intestinal cysts.
This DNA virus was previously used as a vaccine
to eradicate smallpox, which actually happened,
so humanity 1- Vaccinia 0.
A man named Edward Jenner used a cowpox virus
to vaccinate people against smallpox for 182
years until the disease was gone altogether.
Since they didn’t keep great records, we
don’t really know how vaccinia originated
and since its origin, the virus has changed
from regular cowpox.
It was the first of the live virus vaccines
to be used on people, so it’s modern, as
far as medicine goes.
People show fever, rash, and among those who
suffer from skin allergies or eczema, the
disease can spread across the whole skin.
It can also go after your organs, cause skin
lesions, ulceration, necrosis and encephalitis.
It’s not often used now except on US army
personnel to prevent a bioterror attack involving
Donovanosis is the unfortunate culprit behind,
brace yourself, chronic genital ulcers.
Now, don’t worry, since antibiotics have
been around, Donovanosis is pretty rare, which
is probably why you haven’t heard of it.
However, Australia and South Africa have seen
Though the scariest parts may seem to be the
genital symptoms, infections also affect areas
on your face and chest.
All symptoms and types of the virus basically
include ulcers of some kind.
Fleshy red ones, dry ones, foul-smelling ones
with tissue damage, or dry ones with scar
You're welcome for the visuals.
I don’t think anyone actually calls it that.
It’s mostly associated with swelling of
the throat with a bark-like cough, is that
not the most picturesque simile?
Sometimes it also causes bronchitis and pneumonia.
This virus hardly ever takes lives, only truly
affecting those with immune deficiencies,
but children and the elderly often suffer
from it, so it’s quite a burden on the health-care
In the U.S. alone, the virus is said to cost
$200M per year!
Severe cases can be treated with a general
antiviral called ribavirin, but hopefully
soon we’ll see a vaccine.
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
The Ramsay Hunt Syndrome has one of the scariest
faces of common nerve damage, literally.
It causes facial nerve paralysis.
Half of the people who suffer from it don’t
get treatment in time, which can lead to permanent
The fact is, the virus acts a whole lot like
Bell’s Palsy, suffered by people like Angelina
Jolie and George Clooney.
Part of the face drops and suddenly you can’t
eat, smile, or blink.
All of this happens within hours!
With Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, unlike Bell’s
Palsy, the cause is simple.
Shingles are the culprit, going after the
facial nerve located in your cheek near your
ear and jawline.
Though shingles sound like something people
don’t get anymore, if you’ve had chickenpox,
you can get shingles.
So what do you do?
Get off WebMD and go to the doctor!
They’ll prescribe the antivirals you need
and a set of steroids to send you on your