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How do white blood cells fight infection?

The blood has several types of white blood cells including neutrophils, bands, eosinophils, basophils, monocytes and lymphocytes. Each fights infection in a different way. Neutrophils, for example, are one of the body's main defenses against bacteria. Neutrophils kill bacteria by ingesting them.

Keeping this in view, how do white blood cells fight disease?

A white blood cell ingesting disease-causing bacteria. ingest pathogens and destroy them. produce antibodies to destroy particular pathogens. produce antitoxins that counteract the toxins released by pathogens.

How do white blood cells attack viruses?

White blood cells called macrophages destroy germs as soon as they detect them. However, if a viral infection begins to take hold we fight back using a more powerful defence of white cells called T and B lymphocytes. Antibodies are a special protein made by B cells.
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