Influenza (Flu) - By: Selina Chau

1) The common and scientific name of the disease.
My disease is influenza, which is its scientific name. It is commonly known as the flu.
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2) What causes it?
There are three different influenza viruses that can cause the flu, they are influenza A, B, and C. Influenza virus A causes deadly pandemics that don't happen as often. For example, there was a recent pandemic that started in Mexico, the swine flu (H1N1). Influenza virus B causes a milder epidemic than influenza virus A, but has stronger symptoms than influenza virus C. This is a less common and much more mild virus.
These viruses are passed from person to person by sneezing or coughing. The droplets that are sneezed or coughed can possibly be inhaled through your nose. It can even be passed from objects, for example pens, handles or doorknobs because the virus can live on these objects for a short time. After touching these objects, you can get infected when touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.

3) What are the symptoms? How long do they last? Is it deadly?
Influenza can cause many different symptoms. Even though the flu is a respiratory virus a typical flu symptoms include, fever, headache, cough and body aches. The seriousness of the flu and how long it lasts depends on the type of virus you have, your age and your health in general. Most of the symptoms go away after a few days, but the fever can last up to 5 days. Cough may last for 10 days or even longer. The flu is not usually deadly, it depends. In the US thousands of people die each year from the flu or related problems.

4) Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?
Yes, the flu can be cured, but depending on the type of flu or how serious it is it would have different medicine that should be taken. But there is the antiviral drug that targets for the virus responsible for the influenza infections. Besides from medicine that can be taken there are also many ways to help the flu to be cured faster. For example, get lots of rest, drink lots of water, do not smoke or drink alcohol, go to a doctor. This can also help treat the flu.

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