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Is bird flu a DNA or RNA virus?


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2013-03-31 20:05:50
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Bird flu (Avian Flu) is a Type A influenza and contains RNA.

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The common seasonal flu ("regular" flu) is an RNA virus.

Swine flu is an RNA virus belonging to the family Orthomyxoviridae.

All of Influenza A, B and C are RNA viruses, part of the Orthomyxo family and genus.

The influenza virus genome is ssRNA (single stranded)

A flu virus is a single strand of RNA.

Viruses cause flu. Viruses are little pieces of DNA or RNA surrounded by a shell. These viruses infect a cell. Once they get inside a cell, the viruses lose their shells and the pieces of DNA or RNA start making new copies of the DNA or RNA and put them into new shells. The cell then falls apart and releases all the new viruses. Sometimes a bird, animal, or human catches two or more types of flu at once. Then pieces of DNA or RNA from two different types of flu can get together in one shell. It makes a new type of flu. That type of flu starts infecting animals or people. The pig didn't start the swine flu. Two viruses infected a pig at the same time and created the virus responsible for swine flu.See the related question below for more details of how the virus went from pigs to people.

The Bird Flu virus manifests itself in a variety of ways. The symptoms of bird flu are: running nose, high ever, cough, lethargy, and general fatigue.

An RNA virus whose genome is complementary to RNA and that carries mRNA polymerases necessary for the synthesis of a new virus.

The H5N1 Virus is the Avian Flu, or otherwise recognized as the bird flu. :)

NO. The Bird Flu is influenza caused by the H5N1 virus, also known as the Avian Flu. H5N1 virus is an influenza virus (cold virus). And Ebola is a filovirus that has little in common with the aforementioned diseases caused by different viruses.

Not even close. They are completely different viruses with drastically different RNA sequences (that's like DNA but for viruses).

My dear question air. It is in fact a Virus.

It is a Type A Influenza virus with RNA genome.Also called Swine Flu, the 2009 Pandemic Flu, 2009 Swine Flu, and A-H1N1/09.

It is really the other way around, viruses cause bird flu; the bird flu does not cause other viruses, just the viruses of bird flu. There are various types of bird flu. The two types of avian (bird) flu currently known to infect humans are H5N1 and H7N9.

The virus originated as a disease in birds only, but now can also infect humans making direct contact with birds carrying the virus.

birds get bird flu by getting diseases from ship countries such as china. birds get bird flu from transported birds, so your birds catch the disease

Influenza A virus H5N1, is known as "bird flu". H5N1, is a subtype of the influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and animals. A filtered and purified influenza A vaccine for humans is being developed.

All flu viruses regardless of type or origin contain 6 to 8 segments of linear negative-sense single stranded RNA.

Bird flu doesn't eat anything. It's just a virus that affects birds, making them really sick.

Pigs spread the original swine flu virus among themselves. The mutation, known as the 2009 Swine Flu (Influenza A, Novel H1N1 virus), that is now a human virus is spread by humans. It is a mutation of the swine flu and avian (bird flu) that has combined with a human virus.

Influenza, or the flu, is an infectious disease. It is caused by the Flu Virus, also known as the RNA virus. Influenza is transmitted through coughs and sneezes, and is usually caught through the air, therefore is an airborne virus. (:

It is simply known as the flu virus generally, but each individual strand has its own name, like H1N1 is the swine flu, and H5N1 is the bird flu.

Yes. In fact the way the H1N1 pandemic swine flu was formed by the mixing of a human flu virus, a bird flu virus and a swine flu virus in a pig. When two similar viruses that are infecting the same cell exchange genetic material this is known as reassortment. They go on to form a new virus.

The Bird Flu virus manifests itself in a variety of ways. The symptoms of Bird Flu are running nose, high ever, harsh cough, overall lethargy, and general fatigue.

Yes. It is also known as 'Bird Flu'

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