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influenza help please.

Postby michyd » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:33 am

Hello people.

Would anyone be able to help me with my question on influenza.

What is the name of the organism that causes the disease???

and if your really clever and you dont mind answering

How does the organism cause the disease, eg , what special features does it have ?????


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Postby biohazard » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:29 pm

Influenza is caused by different strains of Orthomyxoviridae (these are viruses, do not get confused with Haemophilus influenzae, which is a bacterium).

It causes disease by infecting epithelial cells in the nose, throat and in some cases even lungs.

Exact details can be found from any decent microbiology textbook.
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