Ch 11: Overview of RNA Viruses

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This chapter outlines fundamental concepts related to RNA viruses. Access the chapter's lessons and quizzes if you need to study RNA viruses for a credit-granting exam, class project or homework assignment.

Overview of RNA Viruses - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to get a high-level overview of RNA viruses. Our expert instructors will show you important information about several virus families, and they'll help you compare the causes, symptoms and treatments of diseases like yellow fever, measles, rabies, rubella, HIV and much more. Be sure to try the accompanying self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam. You can access the chapter's lessons and quizzes on any Internet-connected device, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the transmission of the Lassa virus
  • Assess gastrointestinal infections from the Astroviridae virus family
  • Recognize Bunyaviridae structure, transmission and disease
  • Identify viruses from Caliciviridae, Flaviviridae, Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae virus families
  • Understand the effects of the Ebola virus
  • Describe Picornaviridae virus family diseases, including polio, hepatitis A and foot and mouth disease
  • Evaluate diseases of the Rhabdoviridae, Togaviridae and Retroviridae virus families
  • Assess HIV symptoms, diagnoses and treatment methodologies

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: Overview of RNA Viruses
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Lassa Virus and Bloody Fever: Arenaviridae Structure, Disease, and Transmission

1. Lassa Virus and Bloody Fever: Arenaviridae Structure, Disease, and Transmission

In this lesson, we'll delve into the Arenaviridae virus family, where we will explore all sorts of odd sounding names like the Lujo virus, Lassa virus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus and plenty more!

Gastrointestinal Infection by the Astroviridae Virus Family

2. Gastrointestinal Infection by the Astroviridae Virus Family

This lesson will focus on something more commonly known as the stomach flu, its more technical name, and how it is spread. We'll also delve into some of the ways we can prevent the stomach flu from affecting us. Find out more as we look into viral gastroenteritis, chlorination, and serotypes.

Californian Brain Inflammation: Bunyaviridae Structure, Transmission, and Disease

3. Californian Brain Inflammation: Bunyaviridae Structure, Transmission, and Disease

Find out how dangerous mosquitoes and rats can be as we take a look at several viruses they carry that cause everything from encephalitis to shortness of breath. We'll explore Rift Valley Fever, California Encephalitis, Hantavirus and La Crosse Encephalitis.

The Stomach Flu & Viruses of the Caliciviridae Virus Family

4. The Stomach Flu & Viruses of the Caliciviridae Virus Family

In this lesson, you'll learn about the most common cause of the stomach flu. We'll venture into the Caliciviridae virus family, its famous viruses, such as the Norwalk virus, as well as the diseases they cause.

The Ebola Virus and other Deadly Filoviridae Viruses

5. The Ebola Virus and other Deadly Filoviridae Viruses

This lesson will delve into some exotic, but utterly deadly diseases attributed to viruses of the Filoviridae family. Find out what terrible things they cause, as we explore the Ebola virus, the Marburg virus, petechiae, and ecchymoses.

West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Hepatitis C: The Flaviviridae Virus Family

6. West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Hepatitis C: The Flaviviridae Virus Family

This lesson will delve into some well-known diseases, and the viruses that cause them. We'll take a look at the West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, hepatitis C, and something called icterus.

The Orthomyxoviridae Virus Family: Influenza, Flu Shots, and More

7. The Orthomyxoviridae Virus Family: Influenza, Flu Shots, and More

When it's cold season, you'd be smart to get a flu shot. This lesson will delve into influenza pandemics, epidemics, the bird flu, the swine flu, hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, and much more as we explore the members of the Orthomyxoviridae virus family.

Measles and Mumps: Disease of the Paramyxoviridae Virus Family

8. Measles and Mumps: Disease of the Paramyxoviridae Virus Family

This lesson will teach you about the viruses of the Paramyxoviridae family and the diseases they cause. We'll delve into measles, mumps, human parainfluenza, and the respiratory syncytial virus.

Polio, Foot and Mouth Disease, and Hepatitis A: The Picornaviridae Virus Family

9. Polio, Foot and Mouth Disease, and Hepatitis A: The Picornaviridae Virus Family

Learn about some of the most famous diseases known to humankind in this lesson, including the common cold, polio, foot and mouth disease, and hepatitis A among others, as we explore the Picornaviridae virus family.

Rabies and Fear of Water: Diseases of the Rhabdoviridae Virus Family

10. Rabies and Fear of Water: Diseases of the Rhabdoviridae Virus Family

Learn about why some people are afraid of water when they are infected by a virus. This and much more will be covered in this lesson on the Rhabdoviridae virus family, its structure and its mode of transmission.

Rubella and German Measles: Diseases of the Togaviridae Virus Family

11. Rubella and German Measles: Diseases of the Togaviridae Virus Family

In this lesson, you will learn about German measles, rubella, and three closely related viruses called Eastern equine encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis, as well as their serious consequences.

HIV and AIDS: Mechanisms and Diseases of the Retroviridae Virus Family

12. HIV and AIDS: Mechanisms and Diseases of the Retroviridae Virus Family

Learn about one of the most famous viruses in the world: HIV. We'll also delve into a condition you've almost certainly heard of: AIDS. Finally, we'll discuss the mechanisms of how viruses in this family cause so much damage and if there's anything you can do about it.

HIV: Symptoms & Diagnosis

13. HIV: Symptoms & Diagnosis

In this lesson, we'll review the symptoms and diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infections, more commonly known as HIV. We'll also briefly discuss risk factors and testing in a patient education centered approach.

Treatment Methodologies for HIV

14. Treatment Methodologies for HIV

This lesson will delve into the basics of HIV therapy. You will learn about cocktails, protease inhibitors and reverse transcriptase inhibitors, as well as how they work and how they are used.

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