public health enemy

Influenza

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ENEMY

INFLUENZAVIRUS

ALIAS: “The Flu”

DESCRIPTION

Date Discovered: 1931

Type: Enveloped Virus

Family: Orthomyxovirus

Associates: Birds and mammals

Area of Attack: Lungs

Known Hideouts: Respiratory droplets

Modus Operandi: Enters the respiratory tract and destroys lung epithelial cells

CAUTION

Infection can leave you susceptible to other attacks from bacterial enemies and life-threatening pneumonia. If you are a victim of this pathogen, seek medical attention.

SURVIVAL TIME 
24–48 hours

PREVENTION

  • Handwashing
  • Detergents
  • Disinfection