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Differences between bacterial and viral infection

Bacterial and viral infections must be treated differently. Misusing antibiotics to treat viral infections leads to the problem of antibiotic resistance.

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HIV infection and AIDS symptoms

HIV has a range of symptoms that can be difficult to tell apart from other viral infections. Learn more about the symptoms you should watch out for.

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Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection of glands at the back of the throat. It can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Learn more about tonsillitis.

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Mumps

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that is most common in children between 5 and 15 years of age. These days it’s rarely seen because of effective immunisation.

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Murray Valley encephalitis

Murray Valley encephalitis is a rare illness caused by a virus, and a person can become infected if bitten by a mosquito that is carrying the virus.

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Fifth disease (Slapped cheek disease)

Fifth disease or 'slapped cheek disease' is a fairly mild viral illness that appears as a red rash that makes children’s cheeks look like they’ve been slapped.

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Chest infection

Chest infections are common in people of all ages and may occur with a cold or the flu. Learn more about chest infection causes, symptoms and treatments.

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HTLV-1 infection

Human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a virus that infects T-cells, white blood cells that form part of the immune system. Learn more here.

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Strep throat

Strep throat is an infection of the throat caused by bacteria called Streptococci. Learn more from a trusted source.

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Wart treatments

Warts are small, harmless lumps of skin caused by the human papilloma virus. Learn here about treatments and how to avoid spreading warts.

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PrEP, the pill that can stop HIV infection, on PBS from April 1

A drug that can prevent HIV infection known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or 'PrEP', is to be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

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