Daily Archives: October 17, 2014

10 Types of the Flu You Should Know About

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With all the fearsome sounding flu strains in the news—bird, swine and those letter-number combinations—it’s easy to make yourself sick just thinking about them. And it’s true: Influenza is a highly contagious, rapidly transforming pathogen that keeps doctors and pharmaceutical companies guessing every year. “Influenza viruses share a similar genetic makeup, and they all infect the respiratory system,” says Robert Salata, MD, chief of infectious diseases at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. “But there are several types and subtypes, some of which are more of a threat than others.” Here’s all you need to know about what could …read more

Source: Health