Thursday, April 30, 2009

Facts About the Swine Flu

The Swine Flu seems to be spreading, perhaps unreasonable, panic and hysteria among much of the U.S. population.

To simply look at the facts, it’s easy to see that it’s not nearly as bad as the media is making it out to be. Here are some of the facts about the Swine Flu, plain and simple.

  • The term "flu pandemic" simply means a new strain is infecting and spreading among people in several areas of the world at the same time. It can be mild, moderate, or severe.

  • Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs (e.g. children near pigs at a fair or workers in the swine industry). In addition, there have been documented cases of one person spreading swine flu to others. For example, an outbreak of apparent swine flu infection in pigs in Wisconsin in 1988 resulted in multiple human infections, and, although no community outbreak resulted, there was antibody evidence of virus transmission from the patient to health care workers who had close contact with the patient.

  • President Obama has said the problem is a "cause for concern" and "not a cause for alarm."

  • As of April 30, the United States Government has reported 109 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death (which was a Mexican citizen who came to Texas for medical treatment).

  • Every year this decade, between 30,000 and 50,000 American deaths were recorded from complications related to the regular seasonal flu.

  • The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. In addition, the Federal Government has begun the process of developing a vaccine against this new virus.

  • The World Health Organization advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders.

This information in this blog was collected from the World Health Organization website, CDC website and

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