Description of virus (taxonomy): member of Reoviridae family, Rotavirus genus
Attacks: Virus attacks mature enterocytes in GI tract, destroying the absorptive surface area of the intestinal villi
Outcome: Severe dehydrating infantile diarrhea; responsible for 500,000-800,000 deaths per year due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance; vomiting, then diarrhea and fever
Speed: Incubation 1-3 days; die within 3 days
Vaccine: Rotashield was recalled due to increased risk of intussusception
Behavioral: Sanitation does not help!
Treatment: Rehydration therapy (oral or parenteral)
One liner: "Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't escape me, I'm the severe diarrhea causing man"
Description of virus (taxonomy): member of Orthomyxoviridae family, Influenza A genus
Power: Causes yearly epidemics; responsible for 1968-69 pandemic ("Hong Kong flu")
Attacks: cells of the respiratory tract
Outcome: Fever, headache, weakness, muscle aches, general myalgia; young, elderly, and immunocompromised at a higher risk of mortality
Speed: Rapid (24 hour) onset
Vaccine: Trivalent inactivated vaccine; new live, attenuated FluMist vaccine
Treatment: M2 (uncoating) inhibitors (amantadine and rimantadine) and neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir); have to be taken within about a day after exposure
Game Action: Run to the nearest doctor's office for your yearly vaccine!
Public health officials, quiver in fear at the thought of recombination with swine or avian flu!
One liner: Influenza, the true slime of the virus world
Description of virus (taxonomy): member of the Bornaviridae family
Power: Makes you crazy!
Attacks: travels by intraxonal migration through olfactory nerve to CNS; targets limbic and hypothalamic regions, areas that affect host mood, behavior, and memory
Outcome: neuropsychiatric diseases ("sad horse disease") and infectious encephalomyelitis of horses, cows, and sheep; tentatively linked to schizophrenia, depression, and paranoid psychosis; characteristic viral inclusion bodies (Joest bodies)
Behavioral: Don't hang out with sick horses
Game Action: Make an appointment with a psychiatrist Ð you're going to need it!
One liner: Borna, the mystery man who drives you crazy because you just can't figure out what's going on in his head.