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What is the influenza type of virus?

What is the influenza type of virus?

Orthomyxoviridae: Influenza family of viruses (3 major ones- a, b, c) belong in the orthomyxoviridae family of single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Influenza a infects humans, birds, and certain mammals. It causes all flu pandemics. Influenza b virus is less common than influenza a, though it can infect seals. Influenza c virus infects humans and pigs, but is much less common, causing milder disease. ...Read more

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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Can you tell me if an influenza virus encodes more than 1 hemagglutinin and/or neuraminidase (i.E: of different types) how would that virus be named?

Can you tell me if an influenza virus encodes more than 1 hemagglutinin and/or neuraminidase (i.E: of different types) how would that virus be named?

Flu viruses: The study of influenza or 'the flu' can get very complicated quite quickly. These viruses consist of genetic elements that can 'mix and match' with other flu viruses (such as bird flu). So although generally each virus is only coding for one H and one N - they could shuffle things about with a different virus. We call this reassortment. The naming system is quite complex- and there are 18 Hs, 11Ns ...Read more

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What group of influenza viruses has caused the pandemics?

What group of influenza viruses has caused the pandemics?

Influenza A viruses: 1918 - Spanish Flu pandemic was a classic example. ...Read more

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So, two viruses that can cause reye's syndrome are influenza and vz virus? How many other viruses can lead to reye's?

So, two viruses that can cause reye's syndrome are influenza and vz virus? How many other viruses can lead to reye's?

Hard to say : Vz and influenza virus are the common viruses linked to reye syndrome but strains of adenovirus and the epstein barr virus (mono) have also been cited as triggers. There may be others but the decline in cases makes further research on the disease difficult. ...Read more

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How are influenza viruses are transmitted?

Droplets: Influenza viruses are primarily transmitted from one person to another by droplets through talking, sneezing or coughing. ...Read more

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Also what are the symptoms for influenza, west nile virus?

Also what are the symptoms for influenza, west nile virus?

Most no symptoms: Most have no symptoms, 80%. If you develop symptoms of severe west nile virus illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately, according to the cdc. Severe illness usually requires hospitalization. Milder cases improve on their own and do not necessarily require medical attention. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the most common influenza virus?

Need advice on what is the the most common influenza virus?

Influenza 'A': Influenza 'a' is the most common type of seasonal virus impacting people in the U.S. There are many strains of flu. New influenza viruses are constantly evolving. Mutations can cause small changes in the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase antigens on the surface of the virus. This is called antigenic drift. The proteins are the 'h' and 'n' constituents labeled in 'h5n1' as an example of bird flu. ...Read more

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If the influenza virus is widespread in my area is it safe to go out and do normal things?

If the influenza virus is widespread in my area is it safe to go out and do normal things?

Influenza: You should be immunized yearly. If you have not done this, do it now. If you are in contact with people who may be ill, wash your hands frequently. You cannot be guaranteed not to become infected, but you can reduce the risk appreciably with common sense. Stay away from people obviously ill. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if you were out of the blue given a sealed vial with an influenza virus inside, what would you do with it?

Flu.vial: Interesting,question,if I definitely am told it flu virus,in the vial,I would want to know,where it came from,these days,one has to be careful,call the state health department,to inform proper authority,in these days of bioterrorism,take no chances. ...Read more

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What is the human para-influenza virus?

What is the human para-influenza virus?

CDC says....: Here's a good article to address your question: http://www.cdc.gov/parainfluenza/ ...Read more

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How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

Avoidance: The best way to avoid influenza is good hand hygiene and avoidance of exposure to infected individuals. The "flu" shot is very effective as well but not appropriate for infants <6 months old. Discuss with your provider. Avoid touching having people touch your baby around the eyes, nose and mouth. ...Read more

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Can there be any prevention of new influenza virus?

A Flu Shot: This is what the seasonal flu vaccine is designed for. ...Read more

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What's the best way to prevent infant from contracting influenza virus ?

Influenza: If the infant is at least 6 months old, getting the flu shot will be the best protection. Other ways include non-exposure to a flu case, hand washing prior to handling the infant, wearing of masks by caretakers and breastfeeding. ...Read more

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What occurs if the immune system did not respond to the influenza virus or a cold virus?

Live or let die: This would be highly unusual since there are reserve system in the body to fight against virus. If you have absolutely no immune response, then you will have to wait till the virus dies out or kills you in the interim. However this scenario would be a highly unlikely one. ...Read more

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I've recently received rabies treatment and will soon be working in a kindergarden. Should i worry about increased exposure to viruses and influenza?

I've recently received rabies treatment and will soon be working in a kindergarden. Should i worry about increased exposure to viruses and influenza?

No: The rabies treatments do not usually contain any immune suppressive medications, so you are not at any greater risk than anyone else for contracting an illness at work. However, proper hand hygiene and use of hand sanitizer is a must when working closely with 5- year olds! thanks for help caring for and teaching the kids! ...Read more

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I feel croup when Montelukast effect is at end. I had some influenza 5 months ago. Montelukast helps. Can Montelukast treat parainfluenza virus?

I feel croup when Montelukast effect is at end. I had some influenza 5 months ago. Montelukast helps. Can Montelukast treat parainfluenza virus?

Montelukast: Montelukast is a preventative asthma medication and also used for allergy control. Your 'Croup" symptoms may actually be asthma or allergy symptoms - there is this type of both conditions. So when this is wearing off, your symptoms reappear. This medication does not treat parainfluenza virus, but may minimize some of the associated airway symptoms. ...Read more

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Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

MAYBE: Every year a number of flu strains circle the globe and various sites keep track and report their activity. Vaccine makers pick 3-4 strains in early spring to put in the fall shot, based on those with the most activity.Too many strains would weaken the individual strength against each strain.With luck, the vaccine will boost general flu immunity enough to make it mild for those who get it anyway ...Read more

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I am petty sure I am fighting a horrible virus or possibly influenza. For some reason my lower lip swelled up and is now huge, what might be the caus?

I am petty sure I am fighting a horrible virus or possibly influenza.  For some reason my lower lip swelled up and is now huge, what might be the caus?

Possibly viral: Viral infection can do strange things including causing hives. However swelling is unusual although not impossible since hives and swelling are often based on similar mechanism just occurring at different sites. If this is caused by a viral infection, it should go away within a few days. Make sure your pills are not the cause. If problem breathing , rush to ER. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more