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Infection and the Non-Specific Immune Response

INFLAMMATION:

1) Immune system cells recognize a foreign antigen on the surface of pathogen and release molecules that trigger Inflammation. 2) The molecule causes vasodilation around the site of infection, increasing the blood flow to it.

3) The molecules also increase the permeability of the blood vessels. 4) The increased blood flow brings loads of immune system cells to the site of infection and the increased permeability allows those cells to move out of the blood vessels and into the infected tissue.

5) The immune system cells then start to destroy the pathogen.