Know About Swine Flu

This Swine Flu virus that has been spread all over the world is different from the past Influenza. This Influenza is Human Influenza means it is from human compare to the last influenza that came from the Pig.

This Swine Flu is very know and popular name is AH1N1 Virus.

What is swine influenza?

Swine influenza (swine flu) is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract in pigs, caused by type A influenza virus. The mortality rate is low in pigs and recovery usually occurs within 7–10 days. Swine-origin influenza viruses also occur in wild birds, poultry, horses and humans, but interspecies transmission is considered a rare event. So far three influenza type A virus subtypes have been found in pigs: H1N1, H1N2 and H3N2.

What are the symptoms of swine influenza in humans?

Symptoms of swine influenza in humans are usually similar to regular human seasonal influenza symptoms, involving fever of sudden onset and respiratory symptoms; diarrhoea might also occur. However, severe complications could occur even in normally healthy persons who become infected with the virus.

Can swine influenza infect humans?

Yes. Human infections with swine influenza have been detected occasionally since the late 1950s usually in persons with direct exposure to pigs (e.g. people working in pig farms, etc.). In Europe, since 1958 a total of 17 cases have been reported. In the US in 1976, an outbreak of swine influenza virus infections in humans was detected among recruits in a military camp in Fort Dix, New Jersey. A link to pigs was presumed but never established. Instead there was extensive human-to-human transmission, with over 200 infections resulting in 12 hospitalisations and one death.

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