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What is the difference between influenza a, b and c?

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Dr. Housam Hegazy
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
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In brief: Classification

Influenza viruses are RNA viruses that have segmented genome and have high antigenic diversity.
They are classified by a protein inside the virus (a, b, and c). Influ a is responsible for frequent annual outbreak and has more propensity for antigenic change. B causes outbreaks every 2 to 4 years. Influ c is known to infect human and pigs but it is rare

In brief: Classification

Influenza viruses are RNA viruses that have segmented genome and have high antigenic diversity.
They are classified by a protein inside the virus (a, b, and c). Influ a is responsible for frequent annual outbreak and has more propensity for antigenic change. B causes outbreaks every 2 to 4 years. Influ c is known to infect human and pigs but it is rare
Dr. Housam Hegazy
Dr. Housam Hegazy
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Dr. Ziad Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Genome

The viral composition is different among the 3 types.
Every year a is the most common virus circulating followed by b and then c. They also have different sensitivities to antivirals.

In brief: Genome

The viral composition is different among the 3 types.
Every year a is the most common virus circulating followed by b and then c. They also have different sensitivities to antivirals.
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl
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