Wanted: Influenza

By: Lauren Wilson & Brendan Hayden

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General Physical Description

Spherical particle from 80 to 120 nanometers in diameter. Has an outside layer of about 500 spikes which represent the envelope.

Influenza's m.o.

The Influenza virus spreads from person to person. If the virus gets on your hand and you touch your face, then you will get infected. Anything you touch when you are infected will also get a portion of the virus and pass it on to the next person.

Most Common Victims

Influenza infects people of all ages, but the highest risk goes out to children under 2 years old, and adults above 65 years old.

Hide Out

Influenza is most likely going to be found hiding out in saliva and mucous.

Most Common Injury

Influenza infects the respiratory system (nose, throat, lungs, etc). There are flu symptoms, but they are more severe than a common cold would be.

  • high fever
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny/stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Is considered armed and dangerous

10% to 20% of U.S. residents get infected by influenza each year.

number of victims influenza has been known to attack

"Spanish Flu" pandemic, was believed to have killed more people in total than WWI (17 million).

Now, Influenza has an average of about 36,000 people that die each year in the United States alone.

Most Effective Weapons Against Influenza

  1. Avoid close contact
  2. Stay home when you are sick
  3. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth
  4. Wash your hands regularly
  5. Avoid at all costs touching your face

Sources:

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  • "Influenza." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.
  • "Influenza Is a Contagious Disease Caused by an RNA Virus of the Orthomyxoviridae Family." News-Medical.net. N.p., 06 Oct. 2004. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.
  • "Preventing the Flu: Goof Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 July 2015. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.