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Information About The Flu

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Influenza , commonly known as the flu is a contagious disease caused by an RNA virus of the orthomyxoviridae family. The name is derived from an old medical belief in unfavorable astrological “ influences” as the cause of the disease.

There are three types of the virus:

  • Influenza A viruses that infect all types of mammals and birds
  • Influenza B viruses that infect only humans
  • Influenza C viruses that infect only humans

The virus attacks the respiratory tract, is transmitted from person to person by droplets breathed out of the respiratory tract, and causes the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness (can be extreme)
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Body aches

The effects of Influenza are a lot more severe and persist longer than those of a cold. Recovery takes about one to two weeks with the flu. The flu can be deadly, especially for the weak, old, or chronically ill.

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