The Flu Virus
- Fever or feverish chills
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Muscle or body aches
- And sometimes (ussually in children) vomiting and diarrhea
The virus injects its genetic material into a cell, hijacks the cell's RNA, creating the protiens and enzymes needed to reproduce itself. After it has reproduced itself hundreds of times, the cell ruptures, spreading the virus to other cells, but the new viruses do not fully mature until they leave the cell or later as they float around in extracellular fluid.Large numbers of the virus are produced even before widespread destruction of the cells of the respiratory tract. Thus, the infected individual can spread the virus even before he actually feels sick. Typically, the infected person can spread the infection from one day before, to five to seven days after the onset of symptoms.
The Influenza virus reproduces via the lysogenic cycle in some cases then the lytric cycle is triggered.
Prevention and Treatment
To prevent gettting the virus, go to the local pharmacy or your doctor to get a vaccine, wash your hands regularly, and linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.
If you are infected, your doctor might perscribe to you an antibiotic or antiviral medication that will help fight the infection, and may help calm the symtoms. Rest and drinking fluids are essential in helping your body fight the infection. To treat the symptoms, you might want to take medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.