This illustration depicts a left lateral view of a ferret, Mustela putorius furo, with its major organs depicted. The ferret is a well-suited model for the study of human and avian influenza virus pathogenicity, and transmissibility.
“Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.”
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