Virus Structure

Virus Structure

A virus structure is the complete composition of any biological virus. Viruses are not plants, animals or bacteria. They are classified on their own because they are different from all the other types of germs such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa. If a virus does not have a host cell, it cannot continue to live or reproduce. In fact, a virus is nothing more than a parasite that feeds off the host cell. Protein generation, energy generation and storage, and reproduction is all carried out…

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Protozoa Explanation

Protozoa Explanation

What is Protozoa? Protozoa is defined as a unicellular (single-celled) organism with animal-like behaviour. They are considered to be a subkingdom of the kingdom of Protista but in the classical system, they were placed in the kingdom Animalia. There are more than 50 000 species that have been identified. Most of these species are free-living organisms due to he fact that they can be found in almost every habitat on earth. A fossil record shows that Protozoa were present in the Pre-Cambrian era. The first…

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Fungi explanation

Fungi explanation

Fungi is the plural form of fungus. It is a kingdom of multicellular, heterotrophic organisms. Heterothropic means that the organism decomposes other organism in order to survive. One major characteristic of fungi, is that they grow as thread-like filaments but they also grow in other forms such as mushrooms or single-celled yeast. Scientists have argued that fungi should be part of the plant family because of some identical traits such as their general morphology, growth habitat and that they are immobile like other plans. Ever…

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Virus Explanation

Virus Explanation

A virus is a microorganism that that is smaller than bacteria. It cannot grow or reproduce without living inside a cell. A virus would invade living cells within the host’s body. The virus then use the cell as a place to stay and replicate. It may reproduce with the exact same characteristics  or it may mutate. The ability to mutate makes the virus very difficult to treat because it changes each time.  Many common infection in humans are caused by viruses. A virus is just…

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Bacteria Definition

Bacteria definition

Many of us know bacteria only as “germs” but we don’t know what it really is or what it’s capable of.  All we know is that it causes disease and death. What is bacteria? Bacteria is a single-celled organism that live in huge numbers on almost every location on earth. They may be microscopic in size but they do survive under the most hostile conditions. It has the ability to survive in temperatures above boiling point and below absolute zero. One specific type of bacteria…

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Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report

Ebola Response Roadmap

This is the first in a series of regular updates on the Ebola Response Roadmap. The update contains a review of the epidemiological situation and response monitoring. This first update provides a baseline against which progress on the full implementation of the roadmap can be measured against core Roadmap indicators over time. Additional indicators will be reported as data are consolidated. The data contained in this report are based on the best information currently available. Substantial efforts are being made to improve the availability and…

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Types of medical aid

Types of medical aid

We have two types of medical aid that  are available in our country. They offer different benefits but with some small similarities among them. The following is just a classification of the medicals aids that are available as well as some of their benefits. Two types of medical aid. 1. Traditional Medical Scheme. All of your medical expenses will be paid by the medical aid. A risk is where your payments come from. Limits refresh each year. You won’t pay less just because you don’t…

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Different Types of Hospital Plans

Different Types of Hospital Plans

Types of Hospital Plans There are two main types of hospital plans in South Africa. Medical aid hospital plans are the in-hospital and chronic medication benefits of a medical aid. It pays for medical bills when you are undergoing diagnosis, monitoring and treatment in hospital. You are not paid any cash but your medical expenses are covered by the policy The hospital cash back plan is an insurance policy that pays you money for each day that you are in hospital. It does not pay…

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Medical Aid and Hospital Plan - The Differences

Medical Aid and Hospital Plan – The Differences

What is the difference between Medical Aid and Hospital Plan? The main difference a medical aid and hospital plan would be that a medical aid features comprehensive medical cover for all of your medical needs, while a hospital plan would only provide some form of cover while you are hospitalised. What is a medical aid? Medical aid is a risk-based insurance. The insurance is taken out against your health to cover your medical needs. Your medical costs will be covered both in and out of…

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Health Insurance

Health Insurance

What Is Health Insurance? Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that covers the cost of an insured individual’s medical and surgical expenses. It all depends on the type of health insurance coverage. The insured individual pays costs “out-of-pocket” and then he or she gets reimbursed from the insurance company. The other method is much simpler because the insurer makes payments directly to the healthcare provider.  Health Insurance Companies: The largest medical insurer in South Africa is Discovery Health , with over 1.5 million…

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