Swine Flu Symptoms and Facts

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swine fluAmerican health officials announced a public health emergency on Sunday after 20 cases of swine flu (swine influenza A H1N1), were confirmed in the country. The virus is apparently identical to the one in Mexico believed to have killed 103 people and sickened 1,600. Thankfully, no swine flu related deaths have been reported in the U.S. and so far, the reported cases are said to be mild.

 

 

As stated on the CDC website, swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

In addition to the reported outbreaks in the U.S. and Mexico, the virus has appeared in Canada, the U.K., China, Japan, and Russia. Each country is enacting their own security measures. U.S. health officials declared an emergency to open up funding for antiviral drugs and testing that has otherwise been unapproved. As reported in The New York Times, one-quarter of the national stockpile of 50 million courses of antiviral drugs will be released. Border patrols and airport security officers have been asked to check travelers for the flu or fever. Officials urge citizens not to panic since these measures are simply procedural. Though other countries are handing out face masks for protection and a couple of schools have closed in the U.S. to prevent further outbreak, the advice so far is similar to the advice given for a typical flu or common cold -- wash your hands frequently, stay home if you feel sick, and cover sneezes and coughs with your hands. And of course, seek medical attention if you're experiencing the symptoms. You cannot get the virus from eating properly cooked pork.

For more swine flu FAQs, visit to the World Health Organization website.

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Lumin... LuminousMom

... the people in the country who are panicking are really irritating. Sorry.. but they are. Common sense goes a long way ladies. Thank you Dara for posting this. You are NOT GOING TO GET THE SWINE FLU FROM BACON! lol.

smich... smichellem

It's nice to see that possibly due to our nation's obsession with taking normal precautions there have not yet been any fatalities here in the US. As this unfolds though let's not be stupid and act as though this isn't possibly a serious issue that could become a more serious issue. I personally have never in my life even had the flu of any kind until this past month. Since there is no way other than time for the CDC to find and contain things like the Swine flu it would be reasonable for us to all watch our local area for signs of the Swine flu. I am not into over-reactions either. I am simply wondering if the strange flu season we seem to have been having this year has to do with this Swine flu. Or even some other crazy version of it. I would not bash anyone if they do over-react. I would be a bit irritated with anyone thinking it unreasonable to react though. There is not telling where something like this virus really is until people start getting extremely ill and going to the hospital and God forbid die. I am just saying while I understand all we can do is sit and wait for more answers from the CDC we should also be careful and not think something like this can't possibly "happen to us". KWIM?


 

smich... smichellem

Truth is the CDC may just not know enough yet. It does seem like they are not giving us all the information. Or they simply are not finding more answers as quickly as they should. I don't think anyone really knows the scope of this Swine flu thing. We won't know probably for a few more days or weeks. Hopefully it just turns out to be something that comes and goes and nothing major comes of it.

RanaA... RanaAurora

This is no different than the "avian bird flu" we saw before.  People are way too quick to freak out.

smich... smichellem

And some people don't "freak out" enough soon enough. It's tough (esp for govt agencies like the CDC) but there needs to be a balance between "freak out" and taking care of business. KWIM?

auror... aurorabunny

This is no different than the "avian bird flu" we saw before.  People are way too quick to freak out.


RanaAurora Apr. 27, 2009 at 1:21 PM


Actually the avian flu meets two of the necessary criteria for a pandemic while the swine flu so far only meets one.  While it's not good to stick our heads in the sand, I think people are overreacting a tad.  Only one person in the US has contracted this that hasn't directly been to Mexico, and her husband had just returned from Mexico.  So this could not even be spreading that easily for all we know.

Freela Freela

I think at this point we really don't know enough about the virus to know whether we should be concerned or not.  We need to know how easily this spreads, and we need to know what the virulence (mortality rate) is.  This may be equivalent to seasonal influenza (which kills thousands each year even though it's "just the flu.")  It could be worse.  The death rate per infected in Mexico is worse than seasonal flu at this point, but it could be that the more mild cases are being missed and we are only seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of people who got really bad cases.  At this point, I am watching for more info.  I don't think enough is known about this new virus to really know how concerned we should be.

BatGi... BatGirl1415

I'm not gonna worry until it starts crawling up the state of AZ and killing lots of people.

pamom222 pamom222

My husband said the Mexican government should have banned tourists when they first found out .  They did not want to lose all that tourist money from students on spring break.  Maybe it could have been contained better/longer.  It is here in  Penn. and  in NJ, & NY. We are suppossed to have excellent medical care in the US- so I AM NOT REALLY EXTREMLEY WORRIED YET. 

alley... alleycat18

i am so scared for my unborn child if i get sick. there could be a risk that my baby could die.

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