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How They Hurt Us

Viruses can be very harmful to biological life in general, especially human beings. Viruses act on several different levels, causing death to individual cells within a multicellular organism, as well as blocking cellular activity, causing stagnation on a functional level, resulting in disease to the organism.

Some very well known diseases resulting from viral developments are influenza, herpes, measles, HIV, smallpox and many more. Some lesser known diseases such as Epstein-Barr and papillomavirus are also results of viral infestations. Viruses are responsible for a good many (preventable, yet) uncurable diseases, whereby the infection of the host gaurentees succesful continuation of the viral species at hand, certifying the continued existence of the species as a whole. Cancer itself is often caused by a paricular breed of virus that results in the growth of malignant tumors as the body tries to protect itself against the ravages of the viral onslaught.

Some cures and methods of prevention include (in reverse order) vaccinations before the infection of the virus itself, as well as certain types of anti viral drugs which help to prevent the conitnued growth, and thus (the) death of the virus in question.
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