Conditions and Diseases
What viruses infect?
Asked in Microbiology
Are viruses general or specific to the cells that they infect?
What do viruses that cause physical diseases infect?
It depends on what kind of virus. Viruses can infect any cell in the human body. Viruses such as HIV infect the immune system; air-born viruses, such as H1N1 or a cold, infect the respiratory system; neurological viruses, like rabies infect the brain (the virus is usually carried to it by peripheral nerves); and viruses like polio effect the nervous system, which can create paralysis.