This is a question that pertains to both microbes and disease for which I have never found a quality answer: What is the difference in diseases caused by bacteria and diseases caused by viruses? Obviously their causative agents differ, but how do the general characteristics differ? For example, does one tend to cause certain different symptoms?
I have looked online for this, and the only things I can find are websites that list characteristics of viruses and bacteria and websites that give examples of diseases caused by each. (And obvious stuff like the fact that antibiotics don't work against viruses).
Huh I haven't seen a good answer to that question either. From what I've read, the symptoms overlap and vary depending on the specific disease. I haven't found any symptoms that are specific to only viral diseases or only bacterial diseases. The incubation periods also vary between diseases, but I've found that viral diseases *generally* have slightly shorter incubation periods.
On a side note, I've found some interesting differences between gastroenteritis that is caused by infection by the bacterium itself vs gastroenteritis that is caused by toxins released by the bacterium. Infections are associated with fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, and have longer incubation periods than intoxication. Intoxications are associated with vomiting as well as respiratory failure, neurological symptoms and the sorts, and usually have short incubation periods of <6 hours. Anyways I guess I'm trying to say that depending on whether the bacterial disease is caused by infection or intoxication, it may have a shorter or longer incubation period than viral diseases.
Your question is really interesting and I haven't really thought about it until now. I'll definitely keep an eye out for answers, and it would be great if you can let me know if you find anything!
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