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Why is the section on Neuraminidase inhibitors so bad?[edit]

It didn't tell me what they are. I would have liked to see, "neuraminidase inhibitors act on the protein X-and-so that buds the newly-formed virus off the host cell...." The sort of thing that would tell me what a neura inhibitor actually is.

Instead it's all about why the author thinks they are bad. It sounds biased to me, and I'm a random user with no prior knowledge. The same sentence "the benefits of neuraminidase inhibitors in those who are otherwise healthy..." appears twice in this article, a third time on the page for neuraminidase inhibitors. I think someone is spouting their personal belief.

Grammatical error[edit]

In the second paragraph, there is a grammatical error.

"It can also likely be spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus and than touching their mouth or eyes."

Should read something like...

"It is also likely spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus, and then touching the mouth or eyes."

Take whatever liberties you wish with the wording I chose, the important change is that the "than" should be a "then". :p — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:09, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Fixed by Graham Beards. Thanks, Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 04:06, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Change Word[edit]

Under Replication.. No need to use the word Elucidate. Its just going to obfuscate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:56, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 16 September 2015[edit]

death rate form spanish flu is not 2% but 20%! table data is wrong 2A02:1810:9537:DD00:E0FB:F506:1B9C:7271 (talk) 14:19, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done for now: you didn't provide a source and I don't have access to the one given in the article so I can't make this change. However, our Spanish Flu article does give a case-fatality ration of "10 to 20%". I will post a note at WP:MEDICINE to have this looked into. Thanks for bringing this up. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 14:56, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
From an admittedly quick read, the cited Nature article doesn't actually give a case fatality rate. It does say "The case fatality proportion (CFP) was ten times higher than in all other influenza pandemics...", citing "Nicholson, K., Webster, R. G. & Hay, A. J. Textbook of Influenza (Blackwell Science, Malden, Massachusetts, 1998)" and "Frost, W. H. Statistics of influenza morbidity with special reference to certain factors in case incidence and case fatality. Public Health Rep. 35, 584−597 (1920)". The authors of the Nature article also assumed a CFP of 2% for their own modelling.
This article, already cited in the fourth paragraph of Influenza#Pandemics, states "Case-fatality rates were >2.5%, compared to <0.1% in other influenza pandemics". Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 15:26, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Improving definition in intro[edit]

It currently says:

Three types of influenza affect people.[4] Usually, the virus is spread through the air from coughs or sneezes.

The first of these sentences should say "three types of influenza viruses affect people, called Type A, Type B, and Type C".

(In addition, the first line says it is caused by "the influenza virus" - it would be better if it said "a" instead of "the".) Ping User:Doc_James Hildabast (talk) 23:58, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

User:Hildabast done Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:13, 18 November 2015 (UTC)