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Flu names...

Postby Piggyfish » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:20 pm UTC

Does anyone know what the H?N? in flu names stands for? For example, the H5N1 bird flu, or H3N8 dog flu?

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Re: Flu names...

Postby Dobblesworth » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:04 pm UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H1N1#Nomenclature
Apparently they are hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, proteins found on the surface of the virus, and the number indicates which mutation it just so happens to be for the strain. So 'swine' and 'bird' will have the same N protein I guess.


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