Unformatted text preview: Influenza is accompanied by characteristic respiratory symptoms and muscle aches. Although the disease is rarely fatal, secondary bacterial infections may be a cause of death, and antibiotics may be given as precautionary measures. The drug amantadine has been found to lessen the symptoms of influenza, especially when used early in the infection. RS virus disease. A serious form of viral pneumonia can be caused by the respiratory syncytial virus. This RNA virus causes cell cultures to fuse and form clusters called syncytia (singular, syncytium ). In the human body, the virus causes severe coughing and wheezing, especially in children. Ribavirin may be administered to lessen the severity of disease....
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- Fall '08
- Viruses, influenza virus, secondary bacterial infections, cold. Numerous viruses, characteristic respiratory symptoms, ear infection. Therapies