Virus - Etymology
Transcript from "Viruses," National Center for Macromolecular Imaging
Long ago, "virus" was the name for snake venom, from the Latin for a slimy liquid poison. Today, we also use the word to describe a certain kind of computer software. It makes sense. A software virus can poison healthy software.
Additional Virus information:
Norwalk causes outbreaks of diarrhea and viral gastroenteritis, most commonly among school-aged children. A common source for transmission of the virus is contaminated food or drinking water.
(U.S. National Library of Medicine. Viral gastroenteritis. NIH. Retrieved 03-12-2007 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000252.htm)
- Van Regenmortel, MHV, Mahy, BWJ. Emerging Issues in Virus Taxonomy. 2004 Jan. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Infection.
- Norwalk virus image courtesy of NCMI, Baylor College of Medicine.
- Dougherty, M. & Chiu, W. (1996). Viruses. National Center for Macromolecular Imaging. Houston, Tx: Baylor College of Medicine.
- Viral gastroenteritis. MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH.
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Virus images courtesy of Wah Chiu, PhD, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine. Funding for the images provided by NCMI, NIH.