Friday, April 24, 2009

The latest on swine flu

If you've been following recent news you may have heard about something called swine flu. Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Occasionally humans are infected with swine flu viruses and, in some instances, they can spread the virus person-to-person. Unfortunately, this is what's happening now.

Since late March, eight confirmed human cases of swine flu have occurred in California and Texas. All of the patients recovered completely, but there is concern over the fact that each of the patients was infected with a strain of swine influenza A that has never been seen before. Additionally, the CDC reports that it appears that the same new strain of swine flu is responsible for a wave of illness and a number of deaths in Mexico.

CDC is working closely with state and local officials in California and Texas and other health and animal officials on investigations into these cases. For updated information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/.

Don't forget that there are basic precautions you can take to help protect yourself from influenza and keep from spreading it to others. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash your hands frequently, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.


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10 comments:

Samantha Tan said...

The swine flu could be the pandemic that scientists have been predicting. Last I heard over 68 people are dead and it is not containable. This could be scary.

solarm said...

seriously, this isfreaking me out!

nrojas0131 said...

Hey for more reading on the subject check out this article by BU Today (Boston University)!

http://www.bu.edu/today/world/2009/04/28/discussing-scary-word-pandemic

Past Expiry said...

Check out this cartoon about swine flu!
http://pastexpiry.blogspot.com/2009/04/cartoon-swine-flu.html
*CARTOON*Feel free to post on your blog or "tweet"

Swine flu epidemic said...

It is apparently getting worse each day, but the governemnts and President Obama keep stating that the swine flu is only a cause for concern and not anything more.

TICQueen said...

A 1968 a "Hong Kong" flu pandemic killed about one million people globally. In a 1918 "Spanish" flu pandemic between 40 million and 100 million people died. However, the WHO says the world is now better prepared to withstand a flu pandemic.

You can get a complete Swine Flu guide at http://www.swineflurecommendations.com

Chiang Mai said...

H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those caused by other influenza viruses. Health authorities across the globe are taking steps to try to stem the spread of swine flu after outbreaks in Mexico and the United States. The World Health Organization has called it a "public health emergency of international concern."

Good Health Blog said...

thanks all for sharing this information..is it right to take tamiflu before getting swine flu as precautionary measure...any help is appreciated..:)

john said...

Nice informational content. I always prefer single MMR London institute. Its the best one and its the first complex which introduce first time about swine flu.

pediatric emr said...

Thanks for sharing "The latest on swine flu" I wish it will just gone forever.

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