Thursday, June 10, 2010

Virology Cheat Sheet

Virology has always been the most difficult to remember part of Microbiology for me. For my USMLE Step 1 prep, I created this guide to help me out with remembering all the viruses. Some of these mnemonics are the same as the ones in First Aid for the USMLE, but I'd added some more. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

Here are some mnemonics for the members of the various virus families:

Bunyaviruses: Bunyaviruses viciously destroy CHuRCHeS
  • California encephalitis
  • Hantavirus
  • Rift valley fever virus
  • Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever
  • Sandfly fever virus
Togaviruses: Early Romans Wore Togas
  • EEE (Eastern equine encephalitis)
  • Rubella
  • WEE (Western equine encephalitis) 

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