The History of Influenza from Devasatation to Discovery
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  1. Factors associated with increased virulence of the Spanish Flu include all of the following except:
    1. Rapid mutation of viral proteins
    2. Rapid mutation of viral RNA
    3. Ability to infect swine
    4. All of the above
  2. The Spanish Flu pandemic and the 2009 influenza pandemic were the result of the same strain of influenza virus.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. Why do many patients with influenza get treated with antibiotics?
    1. Patients do not report correct symptoms
    2. Many symptoms of influenza mimic bacterial infections
    3. Patients do not seek medical attention early
    4. Rapid influenza tests cross-react with bacteria
  4. Which class of antiviral agents is no longer recommended because influenza A strains are now resistant?
    1. Amantadines (M2 inhibitors)
    2. Fluoroquinolones
    3. Neuraminidase inhibitors
    4. Penicillins
  5. Why do guidelines recommend rapid influenza testing as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms?
    1. Viral replication diminishes after three days so influenza may not be detectable
    2. Antiviral agents are the most effective in the first 48 hours of symptom onset
    3. Risk of antiviral resistance increases after the first 48 hours of symptom onset
    4. All of the above
  6. The goals of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) include:
    1. Monitoring changes in antigenicity of influenza viruses
    2. Guiding the selection of strains for the annual influenza vaccine
    3. Providing vaccine production
    4. A & B
    5. All of the above
  7. The U.S. and its territories participate in influenza surveillance through the WHO or National Respiratory and
    Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS).
    1. True
    2. False
  8. Which type of influenza test is recommended by IDSA in the outpatient setting?
    1. Viral culture
    2. Rapid molecular test
    3. RT-PCR
    4. Serologic testing
  9. Influenza treatment should be started on which patient group with a positive influenza test?
    1. Hospitalized patients
    2. Outpatients with 5-day symptom duration
    3. All adults
    4. All children
  10. Which of the following statements are true regarding influenza vaccine preparations?
    1. Surveillance data from WHO centers is used to determine recommendations for viral strains
    2. In the U.S., the FDA makes the final decision on strains for the upcoming season
    3. Pharmaceutical companies assist in determining the most probable strains
    4. A & B

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