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The Deadly Bite by: Hannah Allen
Ted is on his way to work and has just gotten off the bus where he just got bitten by a spider who just got past his first line of defense, his skin.
I called this meeting to discuss how to stay healthy. When invaders enter our bodies, they often trigger a non-specific defense like mucus to try and get rid of what is harming us. Sometimes inflammation can occur, especially for something like a spider bite. You need to wash your hands and be careful to not contract any germs.
Since Ted's 1st line of defense didn't stop the poison from entering his blood stream, The next line of specific defense begins with B-cells that make antibodies to attack the invader and T-cells that will attack the virus inside his cells and blood.
Ted just got home from the doctors where he was prescribed anti-inflammatories against the antigens that had induced an immune response from his body and Ted is now healing.
Hannah Allen is a 17 year old junior at Northville High School. She enjoys riding horses, playing with animals, and hanging out with friends. Her future dream career is to be a criminal lawyer and to help make the world a better place!
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