Top 15 Horrible Viruses With No Cure

Top 15 Horrible Viruses With No Cure

15. “Rabies”: I’m not joking when I say
that rabies is probably the closest thing we have to an actual zombie virus. The viral infection begins with a bite wound
and travels all the way to the brain. That’s when you become aggressive and start
to drool. Rabies is one of the few diseases that can
lay dormant in your system for years. Although most people start to display symptoms
within 3 to 12 weeks after being bitten, others can feel fine for up to 7 years afterwards. You might go to sleep normally one night and
wake up completely rabid the next. Well, almost. When the virus strikes, you’ll start to
feel weak and flu-like at first. You’ll probably have a fever and get a heavy
headache, too. This initial stage can last for days. After that, things start to ramp up considerably. You’ll stay awake for days and slowly start
to go insane from sleep deprivation. You’ll also experience extreme thirst, but
you won’t be able to drink. In fact, every time you try to take a drink,
it will make your voice box painfully spasm. Nothing will make sense to you after a while,
and this will only agitate you even further. You’ll most likely act violent and experience
vivid hallucinations as the virus makes your brain swell too large to comfortably sit inside
of your skull. You’ll shake, feel numb, and lose control
of your muscles until you die. In these later stages, there is virtually
nothing left for doctors to do. In all of medical history, only 10 people
have ever survived the end stages of the virus. There may be plenty of preventative measures
such as vaccinations, but when it comes to rabies, there is ultimately no cure. 14. “Enterovirus [“Enter-row-virus”] D68”:
Also known as EV-D68 for short, enterovirus D68 has gained the attention of health officials
everywhere in recent years. Whereas most viruses tend to target newborns
and the elderly, EV-D68 seems to prefer children over adults, and it particularly likes teenagers,
too. Not only do younger people seem to contract
EV-D68 far more often than adults, but they also experience more serious health complications
as well. You might feel like you have an ordinary cold
at first, but every day you just keep feeling more congested, more fatigued, and more feverish
than the last. It finally reaches the point where it feels
like you simply can’t breathe, and you might wind up wheezing so badly that you have to
stay in the hospital, especially if you already have asthma to begin with. In extreme cases, EV-D68 can even permanently
paralyze your limbs and your face. To make matters worse, contracting this virus
is as easy as catching a cold, and it’s more prevalent than ever before. From 1970 to 2005, only 26 instances of EV-D68
were observed in the U.S.A. Then in 2014 a massive outbreak infected 1,153
people across 49 states. Many of them were rocked by the worst flu
that they had ever experienced in the lives. A lot of them were hospitalized, some were
paralyzed, and fourteen tragically died. The virus disappeared the following year,
but it resurfaced again in 2016. Isolated incidents continued to crop up in
the United States that year, and the disease spread to Canada. At least 8 cases of EV-D68 were recorded in
British Columbia, 6 of which involving children under the age of two. Meanwhile, in Alberta [“Al-ber-ta”], one
toddler was hospitalized after profusely vomiting. The child lived, but their face became permanently
paralyzed on one side. EV-D68 can only be detected by swabbing your
nose or throat, or by taking your blood, and even then, confirming it with lab results
is usually of little help. As any doctor will tell you, the disease is
not curable and must simply run its course. 13. “The Mystery Illness”: In 2010, a large
number of children from central Vietnam [“Vee-et-nahm”] started to develop large and painful blisters
on their feet, hands, and inside their mouths. These blisters were so extreme that they often
looked like third degree burns when they burst open. In 2011, the disease would come back to Vietnam
again, this time with enough force to worry the world. That year, over 170 Vietnamese citizens came
down with the illness, most of them children. This time, about 10 percent of the infected
developed serious liver problems that led to other organ failures. Nineteen people died in extreme agony. The tragic outbreak triggered an investigation
by the World Health Organization to determine what was responsible. They believe that the condition could have
been caused by environmental toxins, but other researchers believe the mystery illness is
tied in with a virus that causes Hand Foot and Mouth Disease in young children. In other words, no one knows for sure. Whatever its cause may be, people continue
to die from the potential virus to this day, though it has become less reported in recent
years. The last notable death that made western news
was a 14-year-old girl who died of respiratory failure in the central province of Quang Ngai
[“Qwang” “N’guy”]. This is hardly the first time that a mystery
illness prompted an inspection from the World Health Organization. In April of 2016, hundreds of Vietnamese citizens
came down with a fever, started to vomit, developed yellow eyes and experienced extreme
fatigue. When the World Health Organization went to
investigate 3 months later, they found every hospital bed in the area was occupied with
sick patients. Just like before, they have yet to identify
the source of the problem. 12. “Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 [“Her-pees” “Sim-plex”]”:
Anybody who has taken a health class should already know what herpes is, so I won’t
dwell on this one for too long. If you are not familiar with the herpes simplex
virus, it is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause open sores to form on the mouth
or genitals. There is no way to fully rid yourself of them. However, sores aside, herpes can also cause
a fatal complication that is way worse. Sometimes the herpes simplex virus misses
its mark and travels higher than the lips. It’s extremely rare, but herpes can get
in your eyes, and it can even go all the way up to your brain. If you get a herpes infection in your brain,
it can cause severe neurological damage. You might pass out at random, have problems
speaking, experience muscle weakness or paralysis, have seizures, mental problems, double vision,
and you might even perceive strong odors when there is nothing in front of you. If left untreated, this rare condition can
become fatal. All from a single kiss. 11. “Dengue [“Den-gee”] Fever”: Transmitted
by mosquito bite, dengue fever is a catchall term that’s used to cover four different
viruses which all cause the same ailments. None of these viruses can be easily treated,
and, of course, none of them can be cured. The Aedes aegypti [“A-dees” “Ee-jip-tie”]
mosquito is the main carrier of dengue fever. This is the same mosquito that’s responsible
for the infamous Zika [“zee-kah”] virus, and, unlike most mosquitos, this variety likes
to bite people in the middle of the day. Once a mosquito acquires the virus, it will
go on to spread it for the rest of its natural life cycle. When a mosquito gives you dengue fever, you
are most likely going to have a high fever of about 104 degrees along with a severe headache,
stabbing pains behind your eyes (along with the rest of your joints), nausea and vomiting,
glandular swelling and a nasty rash. This will be your life for the next 4 to 7
days before things start to improve – that is, if you live that long. If you develop what’s called “severe”
dengue, then things will get worse instead of better. You will constantly leak blood from areas
like your gums, or you may experience plasma leakage, which is where your blood cells break
down from the inside and cause a buildup of fluid under the skin. Vomiting, respiratory failure, and extreme
fatigue are all going to hit you at once. You are more at risk for this happening if
you are a young child. Prior to 1970, only 9 countries experienced
a dengue fever epidemic. Now, however, there are over 100 countries
who regularly experience vicious outbreaks that are hard to contain. Most of these countries are in Latin America
or Asia, but outbreaks have spread as far as France and Croatia [“Crow-ace-sha”]
in 2010, and Hawaii [“Ha-why-ee”] in 2015. As for treatment, there is not much that doctors
can do besides give the patient fluids and hope for the best. Over 400 million cases of dengue fever are
reported each year, and 500 thousand of these cases are severe. Immunization appears to be the most effective
form of treatment according to the World Health Organization. Despite their best efforts, this incurable
disease clings to a fatality rate of nearly 3 percent. 10. “Zika Virus”: The Aedes aegypti mosquito
strikes again with the Zika virus, a devastating disease that not only goes after you, but
your loved ones as well – and not in a traditional manner, at least as far as most infections
go. It’s virtually impossible to determine if
a person is carrying the Zika virus just by looking at them. Most people display no symptoms. Those who do display symptoms will only experience
them for a week or less. They’ll develop a mild fever and maybe have
some minor joint or muscle pain, a rash, a headache, or reddish eyes. They will probably write it off as a simple
cold, but little do they know, they are now a carrier. Pregnant women have the most to lose from
the Zika threat. The virus causes a wide variety of unwanted
birth defects, the worst being microcephaly [“micro-ceph-a-lee”]. This is a condition which leaves the newborn
child with a cranium that is undeveloped and pointed at the top. They also have severe learning disabilities
and often need a caretaker with them at all times of the day. Would you have ever thought it possible to
have the fate of an entire family permanently altered by the bite of a single mosquito? That’s not to say mosquito bites are the
only way to transfer to disease. You can get it from blood transfusions and
sexual intercourse as well, though mosquitos are the most common way. The Zika virus is largely a problem in South
America, though mosquitos in the United States are finally starting to carry the virus as
well. The first case occurred in Miami-Daude [“My-am-me”
“Dawd”] County, Florida on August 1st, 2016. In addition, at least one mosquito gave it
to somebody living in Brownsville, Texas on November 28th of that same year. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess
. . . 9. “Hantavirus” [“Han-tah-virus”]: Rodent
infestations can carry with them an abundance of diseases, and the hantavirus is one of
the absolute worst. It can be found throughout Canada and the
United States, where it’s spread by the deer mouse. Although the virus can be spread by a deer
mouse bite, this type of transmission is rare. Instead, the hantavirus is mainly spread through
the mouse’s bodily fluids, and this includes particles of mouse droppings that have gone
airborne. Therefore, if you are ever walking through
an old barn or an abandoned house and step on fresh droppings, or even if you step on
the building materials that rats use to make their nests, then you may have just released
the virus straight into the air. Once you are infected with the hantavirus,
it causes a condition known as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or HPS for short. You might not feel anything wrong for up to
8 weeks afterwards, but then you’ll start to develop a fever, headaches, muscle pains,
terrible stomach problems, and you will become dizzy and cold. As with most diseases on this list, you’ll
probably think you have a flu at this point and stay home. Big mistake. Within 10 days, all of your HPS symptoms worsen. You start to run out of breath all of the
time and hack up really disgusting phlegm. You don’t know it yet, but your lungs are
actually filling with fluid, and it’s probably already too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, once you get HPS, you only have a 68 percent chance of living. There is no cure. If you go the hospital, they will stick a
tube down your throat and put you on oxygen. From that point forward, survival is up to
you. 8. “Acute Flaccid Myelitis [“Fla-sid” “My-lie-tis”]”:
In July of 2016, a 3-year-old boy named Carter Roberts threw himself on the floor in extreme
pain. “Mommy, mommy, please help me,” cried
Carter. His parents rushed him to the hospital. It was the beginning of a long and terrifying
battle against Acute Flaccid Myelitis, also known as AFM. As doctors tried to diagnose what was wrong,
Carter slowly lost movement in each of his arms. Within a short while, he was completely paralyzed
from the nose down. This brings us to present day. Now Carter’s mother has to watch her child
struggle daily with not being able to move. His eyes are the only thing that he can control. Oftentimes, he cries and cries in frustration,
frozen in his own body, unable to make a sound. Carter is just one of the more recent cases
in a mysterious rash of AFM outbreaks. From January to August of 2016, he and 49
others were struck down by the disease. Many of them were children, but some were
grown adults. As sad as his story is, Carter’s recovery
seems tragically unrealistic. Only a very small portion of children have
ever bounced back from what the World Health Organization suspects is a dastardly virus
that targets the youth. Most victims remain paralyzed for the rest
of their lives. The first major AFM outbreak occurred in August
of 2014 when 120 Americans were infected across 34 states. That following year, only 21 people were infected
across 16 states – much less than before. As for the 2016 outbreak, at least one of
the children infected has since past away. Despite this tragedy, the Roberts family still
continues to cling onto hope. Carter’s aunt has started a GoFundMe page
to help with his treatment, which is very expensive. I’ve provided the GoFundMe link in the description
for this video. 7. Nicotiana Benthamiana [“Nick-oh-tee-an-na”
“Benth-em-me-an-na”]: This is a virus with a backstory like none other. Scientists were digging deep in the frozen
regions of northern Canada when they came across a rather unique discovery – under
many layers of ice was a 700-year-old frozen pile of ancient caribou dung. The team of curious scientists took the specimen
back with them to the lab for further study, and what they found was absolutely shocking. Inside of the frozen fecal matter was not
one, but two viruses that were many centuries old. One of the viruses was a plant virus, and
the other was an insect virus. As the scientists continued to study them,
they suddenly got a bold idea. What if they could combine these two viruses
into a mutant hybrid disease? The aim of this experiment was to test the
durability of viruses in general. If they could use DNA from the two viruses
to make an entirely new virus, then it would mean that viruses are much tougher than we
thought, and that they can survive things like being frozen in ice for hundreds of years
on end. Basically, they wanted to learn exactly how
much punishment a virus can withstand. Using sophisticated cloning technology, the
team spliced DNA samples from the two viruses together to make a new virus strand called
Nicotiana Benthamiana. After much hard work, they were able to take
the new virus and use it to successfully infect a tobacco plant. The experiment was a success. What does this mean? Well, basically, bad news. The fact that a virus can survive hundreds
of years in ice means that, as the ice caps melt, ancient viruses could be released in
the future. There’s just no way of knowing what old
diseases are lurking deep in the ice, waiting to end us all. 6. “Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease” [Video link
for pronunciation here]: Imagine being sick for 40 years. Sadly, that’s a real possibility with Cruetzfeldt-Jakob
disease. This rare condition is also known as the “slow
virus”. Truth be told, researchers aren’t one-hundred
percent sure if it really is a virus, but many of them have agreed that it most likely
is. With that said, here’s what we absolutely
are sure of . . . In essence, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is like
Alzheimer’s [“Alls-high-mers”] on steroids. Even though the supposed virus can spend decades
living inside of its host, once it does spring into action, it’s only a matter of months
before a person is reduced to a quivering shell of their former selves. That’s because this condition literally
eats the brain cells away and leaves large holes in its wake. This leads to extreme personality changes
as well as sharp decreases in motor skills and cognitive functioning. As the virus begins to devour the most vital
parts of the brain, a person will begin to have trouble remembering how to eat, breathe,
or maintain a heartbeat. Fortunately, by the time they die, they have
usually mercifully fallen into a deep coma. Death, by the way, usually comes within one
year of the initial onset. The only real way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease is too dangerous to perform on a living person because you need to remove a portion
of brain tissue for sampling. As for treatments, there is absolutely nothing. Researchers have yet to find anything to even
slow the disease down in the slightest, let alone stop it. 5. “Heart Viruses”: We’ve established that
viruses can sometimes cause your brain to swell, but did you know that they can do the
same thing to your heart? I’m talking about viruses that are so strong,
they can literally rip your heart apart. Myocarditis [“my-oh-car-die-tiss”] is
the medical term used when your heart swells up so much that it causes damage, and there
are only a few different kinds of viruses that are strong enough to make this happen. Let’s quickly take a look at them. Human Herpesvirus 6 is a type of herpes that
no one is sure exactly how to get. It’s not thought to be sexually transmitted
like herpes simplex 1 and 2, and it’s been found in the saliva of healthy adults. For whatever reason, it can blast apart the
walls of your heart. Then there’s the Parvovirus B19, a nasty
little disease that you can get from someone coughing or sneezing. Aside from giving you a rash on your cheek
and a fever along with a runny nose, it can swell your heart up to the point where it
no longer functions. Finally, virtually any member of the enterovirus
family can cause myocarditis. Do you remember EV-D68 from before? Yes, even that one. Myocarditis is so prevalent that is believe
have caused between 5 to 20 percent of all cases of sudden deaths in young adults in
America, though exactly what percentage of these heart failures are viruses and which
are bacterial remains unclear. Either way, the heart condition can develop
in as little as a week after the virus kicks in, at which point death is a serious possibility. 4. “Variola Virus”: You probably have never
heard of the variola virus before, but you might be familiar with what it causes: smallpox. The variola virus is primarily spread by coughing
or sneezing directly into another person’s face. When this happens, open sores soon appear
around the unlucky person’s mouth and throat. As these pimples swell up with fluid and burst,
they can get on a person’s clothing and spread that way as well. In extremely rare instances, smallpox can
be transmitted in the air. Smallpox has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. If it doesn’t kill you, then it can leave
you covered in scars all over your body, especially your face. It can even leave you blind. For centuries, smallpox plagued everyone from
China to Australia. Global vaccinations have since made the disease
a thing of the past. The last time anybody got it was in 1977,
and the last major outbreak was in 1949. However, if you think your chances of getting
it are completely nil, think again. The smallpox virus is still available in two
places in the world. It can be found in the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in the United States, and in the Russian State Center for Research
on Virology and Biotechnology. This has raised concerns that terrorists could
one day acquire the virus and release it on an unsuspecting public. 3. “Polio” [“Pole-lee-oh”]: Like smallpox,
this highly contagious disease has been largely kept under check by global vaccination efforts
in recent years. With that said, however, polio is too stubborn
to fully eradicate, and, furthermore, it continues to spread to this day. The virus stores itself inside of our lungs
and intestines, which means that it can be transmitted through close contact with fecal
matter, or even through a simple cough. Surprisingly, most people who get polio display
absolutely no symptoms. This means that many of them walk around their
entire lives unknowingly spreading the disease. For a select few, however – 1 infected person
out of every 4, to be exact – the virus closely resembles the flu at first. This brief period of sickness goes away in
less than one week, but for an even smaller portion of those infected, the symptoms get
much, much worse from there. If the virus makes its way to your brain or
spine, you’re in real trouble. You might feel like your legs are constantly
and painfully asleep, kind of like pins and needles to the worse possible degree, or you
might experience a heaviness in your limbs that makes your legs drag when you try to
walk. If the muscles controlling your lungs become
paralyzed, you can stop breathing and die. Only three countries in the world – Nigeria
[“Ny-jeer-ree-ah”], Afghanistan [“Aff-gan-nis-stan”], and Pakistan [“Pack-key-stan”] – continue
to suffer from polio on a regular basis. In recent years, however, outbreaks have occurred
in Kenya [“Ken-yah”], Somalia [“So-mal-lee-ah”], Mali [“Mall-lee”], and even as far away
as Ukraine [“You-crane”]. Traces of the virus have also been detected
in sewer systems in Israel as well. So as you can see, polio still continues to
make its presence known. Oh, and here’s the kicker. Sometimes a person will seem to recover from
polio, but they are never fully in the clear. The virus has been known return up to 40 years
later to cause new bouts of extreme muscle pain, weakness, and paralysis. Once you get it, it never goes away. 2. “Ebola [“Ee-bowl-la”]”: In 2014, the
largest Ebola outbreak in world history brought tremendous grief to West Africa. Countless lives were lost from this terrible
virus with no cure, and countless more were permanently ruined. This outbreak caused quite a bit of panic
and misinformation to be spread, so let’s get a few things straight. Humans can get Ebola only from direct contact
from other infected humans. Getting infected through air or water is not
possible. If you do manage to somehow absorb their bodily
fluids into your mouth, nose, eyes, or through any other mucous membrane, however, then you
stand a high chance of becoming infected. When this happens, you’ll start to feel
sick within 21 days. There’s nothing you can do to stop it, and
the list of problems just goes on and on seemingly forever. You’ll experience an extreme fever, headaches,
weakness, muscle problems, diarrhea, throwing up, pain in your stomach, and insane amounts
of bleeding. In fact, in the later stages, you’ll be
bleeding out of everywhere from your eyes to your anus. What makes Ebola especially elusive is that
it can hide in certain parts of your body for up to months at a time. You might eventually recover from Ebola and
feel fine, but in reality you are still carrying it inside of your eye, further spreading it
with every tear drop. Men can even carry the virus in their sperm
from anywhere from 3 to 9 months after being infected. Since it hides you well, you can imagine how
easy it is for one massive outbreak to happen after another. And once you display symptoms, there is little
that can be done to save you. Sure, doctors will give you plenty of fluids
and oxygen, and they’ll try to keep you alive as best they can, but it is ultimately
up to you to pull through. Interestingly enough, if you do manage to
make it, then your body will have produced enough antibodies to make you immune from
getting Ebola again for at least another 10 years, if not the rest of your life. In this sense, it truly is survival of the
fittest with this germ. 1. “HIV”: The human immunodeficiency [“ee-mu-no-de-fish-en-see”]
virus, also known as HIV, is a virus that your body can never fully get rid of. There may be some treatments, but there is
no cure. By its very nature, the virus attacks the
body’s immune system, destroying the white blood cells that would ordinarily help you
fight diseases and infections. In its advanced stages, your immune system
is unable to fight off even the most basic of infections. This end stage is called advanced immunodeficiency
syndrome, or AIDS. When you first get HIV, you might just feel
like you have the flu for a while, or you might not feel anything at all. This usually occurs within 2 to 4 weeks after
getting the infection. You may continue to feel relatively okay for
over a decade afterwards, but once enough time passes, you are in deep trouble. At this point, the disease has progressed
to AIDS. Now you are losing weight so fast that you
are wasting away. You are always tired, you develop sores and
blotches, and you start to experience terrible neurological disorders. HIV is thought to have originally started
from chimpanzees in Central Africa. When people would hunt them for food, they
likely came into contact with their blood. The virus slowly mutated over time, and when
it made the shift to humans, our timeline was changed forever.


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