Monday, April 27, 2009

Parvovirus B19

Hi there.
My name is Parvovirus B19.
I'm from the Parvoviridae family.

I cause Erythema Infectiosum
You can call it
slapped cheek, or 5th disease.
I give you fever, muscle ache and lymphadenopathy.
My rash starts on your face and moves to your arms and legs.

When I visit pregnant mothers I can give their babies fetal hydrops.
They get anaemia, oedema and heart failure.

Friday, April 24, 2009


My name is Coronavirus.

My family is Coronaviridae.

My name means crown.
I was named for the 'crown' around me.
I am a common cause of the common cold.

I am most well known for SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
I start with fever and breathlessness, then pneumonia
I was first found in China during 2002.
Then to Hong Kong, Singapore Thialand, Vietnam and even Canada.
By 2003 I had mostly disappeared.

I was in the news a lot.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Hello hello!
I'm Rhinovirus.
I am from the family Picornaviridae

You have probably all met me before.
You can call me the common cold.
I am the most common cause the ol' sniffles.

I give you a runny nose, sore throat and cough.
I like the winter months.

Monday, April 20, 2009

enterovirus 71

Hi, I'm Enterovirus 71.
I'm from the family Picornaviridae.

I am an Enterovirus.

I'm the newest of the new Enteroviruses.

I can be spread in droplets for through poor sanitation.

I cause fever.

I am another common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease.

I can cause neurological disease.

I'm good at aseptic meningitis, encephalitis and polio-like paralysis.

I can be very severe.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Enterovirus 70

Hi, my name is Enterovirus 70.
I'm from family
I'm an Enterovirus, one of the 'newer' Enteroviruses.

I'm known for my acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis.
I spread to eyes from infected contacts like fingers.
You get pain and swelling around the eye,
as well as photophobia,
fever and headache.

Sometimes my conjunctivits is followed by paralysis.
After a few weeks I can look just like cousin polio.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


My name is Poliovirus.
I'm an Enterovirus from the family Picornaviridae.

I have 3 serotypes, mostly I give people type 1.

Most most people who get me are asymptomatic.

Then a few more get fever, vomiting
, headache and sore throat.

A small proportion get my well-known paralytic polio.
I get into the spine or brain.
In s
pinal paralysis I affect your arms and legs.
In the brain I cause bulbar paralysis of the respiratory muscles.
Then you need an 'Iron Lung' to breath for you.

Some people spend their whole life in an Iron Lung.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Coxsackie B Virus

Hi my name if Coxsackie B Virus.

I'm part of the Picornaviridae family.
I am an

I'm very fond of the heart.

I cause pericarditis, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy.
I give you pleurodina, with
chest and abdominal pain, with fever and headache.

Some people think I can causing type 1 diabetes mellitus.