A fever is a nonspecific defense that offers powerful protection. A fever begins as a viral or bacterial infection stimulates lymphocytes to proliferate, producing cells that secrete a substance called interleukin-1 (IL-1), which is also more colorfully known as endogenous pyrogen ("fire maker from within"). IL-1 raises the thermoregulatory set point in the brain's hypothalamus to maintain a higher body temperature. Fever indirectly counters microbial growth because higher body temperature causes the liver and spleen to sequester iron, which reduces the level of iron in the blood. Since bacteria and fungi require more iron as temperature rises, their growth and reproduction in a fever-ridden body slows and may cease. Phagocytic cells also attack more vigorously when the temperature rises.

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