The H1N1 Influenza Virus

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The H1N1 Influenza Virus

A virus is “snippet of nucleic acid, either DNA or RNA” (YouTube, Dr. Tony Fauci, H1N1 Influenza a Virus, 2009) that is able to replicate itself only in other cells. Unlike bacteria, a virus cannot thrive on its own. A virus has to break into a cell and take control of the cell functions in order to replicate, often causing disease. Some viruses are benign, and others cause diseases like polio, smallpox, and measles. There are be three types of influenza: A, B, and C, which are all found in humans. Influenza A is found in “birds, pigs, whales, horses, and seals” (Microbiology: An Introduction, 2016, pp. 364) and also humans. It has the ability to attack the respiratory system, nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza A can also cause fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue. The swine flu (influenza a virus) is an acute virus. The infected person shows the symptom of …show more content…

It was evolved by its molecular make up from genes that have rearranged themselves from multiple viral species from an influenza virus that is in pigs or swine; from an influenza virus that infects birds; and from an influenza virus that infects humans. In 2009 when H1N1 was spreading, there was no effective vaccines available at the time because the scientists or the physicians just became aware of this brand new virus. It has been isolated and characterized and they certainly intend to move forward to make a vaccine against this H1N1 influenza virus. Later, a vaccine was developed to cure people who were infected and also prevent others from being infected. The injectable form of H1N1 influenza virus vaccine is a “killed virus” vaccine and does not cause people to be infected with the virus. The vaccine effects itself by stimulating the body to make an immune response against the virus before the body actively sees the virus that it

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