maggiekb — 2014-01-30T11:37:22-05:00 — #1
samsam — 2014-01-30T11:57:26-05:00 — #2
Reassortment occurs when two different flu strains infect a cell simultaneously, and RNA from each recombine, forming a new combination with different surface proteins and to which there is little immunity.
It's great when your new knowledge for the day comes in such an easily-digestible chunk.
crenquis — 2014-01-30T12:17:11-05:00 — #3
The same chunk caught my eye as well...
Now to apply this new knowledge: It seems that I need to modify my approach to avoiding flu -- previously, I would lick every doorknob that I encountered under the belief that all those different strains would be so busy fighting among themselves that they wouldn't get a chance to make me sick.
I guess that I shouldn't glean my medical information from cartoons.
ratel — 2014-01-30T13:11:40-05:00 — #4
Aaaaaagh! The pain! The pain!
S.O. just diagnosed with swine flu, or should I say pH1N1?
tacochucks — 2014-01-30T13:31:02-05:00 — #5
If you are a bit of an infectious disease obsessive like me.... the two best sources of information are:
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
University of Minnesota
And while I do not use it, the best current influenza info is at:
crenquis — 2014-01-30T13:56:47-05:00 — #6
crenquis — 2014-01-30T16:19:27-05:00 — #7
Somebody needs to create a Which Flu Are You? personality quiz.
maggiekb — 2014-02-04T11:37:22-05:00 — #8
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