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Short answer: 3 weeks, at which point the whole city would be infected. (Edited: half the city would be infected or dead and investigations would start about a week and a few days from the initial Patient Zero infection.) Long answer: Suppose Patient Zero acquires these symptoms and they show up in 48 hours; they then begin to spread this around. If ...


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Patient Zero (and all the initial victims) can also speed up the discovery of the disease if they have family members who are trained medical professionals. Such victims would naturally get superior medical care from their loved ones, including medicines to minimize the severity of the misdiagnosed "head cold". As soon as those medicines failed to work, ...


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I really think that it would depend on the state of the healhcare system of the city, and the situation of patient zero. 21st century cities have very different situation regarding healthcare : it can be public, easy to access or expensive and reserved for the wealthy, or even assumed by foreign NGOs (only in very poor countries though - I'm thinking about ...


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The child who is getting the cure happens to have also a flu. The retro virus infects a flu infected cell. The RNA is embedded into the viral genome, because we don't control where the insertion happens. DOOM! What was a common flu virus is now mutated. Incidentally this is one of the mechanism by which every year we get a new flu virus. Different virus ...


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The "retrovirus" bit matters not at all. You can separate it completely from the transmission vector. "Retrovirus" is a property describing what a virus does within a cell. Transmission describes what it does outside. As for viruses becoming airborne, the "how" is "it happened." "How" is a notoriously fickle concept when it comes to evolution. You ...


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Very easily I don't understand the exact mechanics behind it, but essentially the retrovirus, with its genetic material being RNA molecules, would introduce its RNA molecules into the host's DNA. Not exactly. RNA cannot be introduced into DNA, after all, they're two different structures, not to mention that they use different sets of bases. What ...


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Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV) JSRV is an airborne retrovirus found in sheep which causes cancer. When JSRV creates a tumor large enough in the sheep's lungs, fluid generation increases and this fluid can then be expelled (coughing, breathing, panting) which spreads to other sheep in the area. In other words, viruses spread through contact - what we ...


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Hanahaki, now lets see, this is a fictional disease, but if it were real, it would first start off by coursing throat and your throat would hurt or burn once in a while. Also the second week, you will have trouble breathing and eating, the flowers going in you are causing you to have trouble breathing. But there are only 3 options, . Get surgery to remove ...


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First of all, some biological agents can infect a host only if propagated through the right way. E.g. plasmodium malariae, the agent causing malaria, needs to enter the blood stream via a mosquito bite. For such cases the digestive system would process the agent as any nutrient. Other agents might require a well defined biochemistry. I.e. the virus causing ...


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Have a carrier for your disease. When reading your question, I immediately thought of dust mites, because they cannot live in altitude. But it seems it's actually because they hate cold and dry places, and mountains are usually cold and dry.


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Just about any Acheles heel in the bacteria will be one exploitable by Humans. So there is a Bacterium which is highly infectious, and deadly within humans. To the point where it makes the Black Death look like hay fever. Yet somehow enough humans survived, yet did not become immune in the process. So quite likely the living humans were the ones who were ...


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UV light As you go higher, the amount of UV light increases If the bacteria is sensitive to UV, the increased elevation could kill it At high elevations, the atmosphere thins and is less able to absorb U.V. radiation. With every 1000-foot increase in height, according to the National Institutes of Health, U.V. levels increase by about 4%. So, in ...


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It should come as no surprise that the US alreasy has a National Pandemic Strategy There is a 17-page PDF outlining the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, and a 223-page Implementation Plan. While what you describe is different from a flu, I suspect that the strategy would basically be unchanged - especially since there would be little time to ...


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The solution is locking down the country to prevent further spread. Almost everybody is required to stay home. Firefighters and other emergency workers can sleep in dorms near where they work. That will include the newly formed food distribution corps, which prepare and deliver canned food to houses, along with sanitizing products. Canning does destroy ...


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