Flu Patrol

Scientists are preparing for a possible flu epidemic.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM December 19, 2005

Each winter, the flu makes its rounds, jumping from victim to victim at schools and in offices. Miserable kids and adults stay at home in bed or go to the hospital with fevers, sniffles, sore throats, muscle aches, and coughs.

Just as the flu spreads among people, so, too, does fear of what the flu can do.

The flu is short for influenza, a disease caused by certain microbes called viruses. Although it shares symptoms with the common cold, influenza is a more serious disease. People are afr...

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