Influenza Virus Outline #3
Image of an influenza virus particle, the cause of flu. These viruses are covered by spikes of Haemagglutinin (slender knob-like projections) and Neuraminidase (the squarish looking projections), hence the H and N names, such as H5N1. Flu viruses have a segmented genome which can get jumbled up during replication (gene mixing). This allows different strains to easily form from existing types. Flu occurs in seasonal epidemics and periodically as major pandemics.
Illustration ID: Influenza_Virus_3_Outline
copyright Russell Kightley
Illustration size: 144.0 Mpixels (412 MB uncompressed) - 12000x12000 pixels (40.0x40.0 in / 101.6x101.6 cm at 300 ppi)