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Coloured TEM of a Single Beijing Influenza Virus
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Influenza virus Coloured transmission electron micrograph TEM of a single Beijing influenza virus The virus consists of a core of ribonucleic acid RNA blue surrounded by a spiked protein envelope of haemagglutinin orange The spikes adhere to host cells during infection The virus has an affinity for mucus and is transmitted by coughed or sneezed droplets inhaled into the respiratory tract Influenza infection is usually shortlived The haemagglutinin spikes of the virus however can change structure to create a new influenza strain such as this Beijing strain which spread as an epidemic in Magnification x at xcm size