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Influenza, widely known as the flu, is a common illness that can be especially deadly when potent strains of the virus arise. Although breakthroughs have unlocked genome information about the virus, influenza poses challenges to researchers because the virus is constantly mutating. Influenza, Second Edition looks at the disease and at prevention and treatment options. This revised edition includes a chapter on recent outbreaks of avian flu, as well as information on rapid diagnostic testing and vaccination ...
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Overview

Influenza, widely known as the flu, is a common illness that can be especially deadly when potent strains of the virus arise. Although breakthroughs have unlocked genome information about the virus, influenza poses challenges to researchers because the virus is constantly mutating. Influenza, Second Edition looks at the disease and at prevention and treatment options. This revised edition includes a chapter on recent outbreaks of avian flu, as well as information on rapid diagnostic testing and vaccination technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791073056
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Deadly Diseases and Epidemics Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword David Heymann 6

1 Deadly World Traveler 8

2 What Is a Virus? 14

3 Viral Replication 28

4 "I've Got the Flu. What Can I Do?" 42

5 Diagnosis 51

6 Influenza-Nature's Frequent Flyer: Prevention 63

7 Dealing with Complications 78

8 Avian Flu: Not Just for the Birds 94

9 What May the Future Bring? The Past and Future Concerns 102

10 The Future: Hopes and Dreams 116

Notes 129

Glossary 132

Bibliography 138

Further Resources 143

Index 145

About the Author 152

About the Consulting Editor 152

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