The Microscopic World: 17 More Fascinating Facts About Bacteria and Viruses – Part 2 2



Myxobacteria are social bacteria that move and feed in predatory groups. Able to move individually or in large swarms, their method of predation is traditionally called "wolf-pack attack."

12Influenza virus

Influenza virus

The influenza virus that killed 50–100 million people worldwide in 1918 was genetically reconstructed from tissue samples in 2005. The virus is currently held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

13Zombie caterpillars

Zombie caterpillars

A species of baculovirus infects gypsy moth caterpillars and essentially turns them into zombies. The virus then forces these Zombie caterpillars to climb to the treetops to die, liquefy and rain on the foliage below to infect others.

14Hong Kong Flu Virus

Hong Kong Flu Virus

The 1968 Pandemic H3N2 virus, commonly referred to as the Hong Kong Flu Virus was an extremely contagious virus with a low fatality rate that originated in China and was widespread in the United States about five months later. It struck in two waves, with the second being more deadly.

15Anthrax virus

Anthrax virus

In 2016, a strain of Anthrax virus which had been trapped in a reindeer carcass frozen in permafrost for over 75 years in a remote corner of Siberian tundra, thawed and infected around 2000 reindeers and ended up infecting over 20 humans.

16Virus and bacteria

Virus and bacteria

Viruses aren't living beings like bacteria, but rather they behave more like androids that hijack living cells and then replicate. This is why antibiotics don't work with viruses as they do with bacteria. It’s hard to kill something that isn’t quite alive, to begin with.

17Borna disease virus

Borna disease virus

There exists a virus named Borna disease virus capable of infecting humans, transmittable via saliva, causing among other things aggression, anxiety, hyperactivity, decreased level of consciousness, and abnormal movement.