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Aisling Clube, Olivia Wollaston and Intie Howell
Beneden School, Kent, UK
What causes influenza? – Viruses What is influenza pandemic? – Disease cause by a new virus strain, not to be confused with and epidemic How do viruses reproduce? – Need the host cell to reproduce – viruses are not living. How does influenza change? – Antigenic drift and antigenic shift How is influenza transmitted and how can we prevent? Direct contact and aerosols. Hand washing! Case study of the Spanish flu – how was it transmitted? Where did it come from? What are the positive and negative impacts of technology on preventing influenza pandemics? Positive – Better collection of data, can contact people without travelling and spreading the disease. Negative – planes and other modes of transport worsen the spread What Strategies do the government use? Risk reduction and treatment for example vaccinations.