Autoimmunity is when the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body
The electrically powered auto emu (autoimmunity) attacked its own battery cell and put itself out of action.
Example of an autoimmune attack
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. Our immune system, which normally protects us from viruses and bacteria, attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, called beta cells, which produce insulin.
Insulin is vital – it is what moves energy obtained from your food, called glucose, from your blood into your body’s cells. Without insulin, glucose levels in the blood start to rise and the body cannot function properly.
The auto emu that attacked its own battery has a dyed beak (diabetes) to show that its autoimmune disease is diabetes.
Other autoimmune diseases include:
Rheumatoid arthritis – inflammation of joints and surrounding tissue
Pernicious anaemia – decrease in red blood cells caused by inability to absorb vitamin B12
Psoriasis (illustrated below): skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches