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How does the human body fight against a virus?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Unlike bacteria, which multiply comfortably on their own given the right environment, viruses need to insert themselves into a host's cells in order to persevere. Once a virus has taken a human cell hostage, it continues to conquer cell after cell.

For the most part, a healthy immune system can derail these viral interlopers so they don't do too much damage. The virus is detected, a customized antibody is made and an all out attack is mounted by killer cells.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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