fact file about the new swine flu

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    Charlie Neibergall / AP file
    A new strain of swine flu that has killed at least 68 and sickened more than 1,000 in Mexico has spread to the United States and is raising fears of a possible pandemic. Learn more about the disease and why it is causing concern among health officials


    What is it?

    Swine influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs first isolated in swine in 1930, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness is caused by four different type A influenza strains that can cause outbreaks in pigs, though subtypes H1N1 and H3N2 seem to be more common. The death rate among pigs is low, with most infections occurring in the late fall and winter.


    Symptoms of infected pigs include fever, depression, coughing (barking), sneezing, difficulty breathing, red or inflamed eyes, lack of appetite and discharge from the nose or eyes.

    How do people get infected?

    Human infection happens intermittently, with most cases occurring when patients have direct contact with pigs. But cases of an infected person transmitting the swine flu to others have also been documented, says the CDC. (A 1988 outbreak in pigs in Wisconsin led to multiple human infections, and there was evidence that a patient transmitted the virus to health care workers.)


    About one case of swine flu in humans is reported to the CDC every one to two years, but from December 2005 through February 2009, 12 cases were reported to the agency. According to WebMD.com, 11 of those people had direct or indirect contact with infected pigs.


    Human-to-human infections do occur similar to the way the human seasonal flu virus is transmitted — through coughing, sneezing and coming in contact with a person or object with the virus.


    People cannot become infected by eating pork or pork products. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit kills the virus as well as other bacteria, notes the CDC.




    Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


    more on it:

    Fact file: What you need to know about swine flu - Infectious diseases- msnbc.com
     
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    Just heard on the news that 20 people in NYC have it now. It's in 4 states so far: Kansas, California, Texas, and NY, according to FOX News.
     
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    At least they aren't saying it's Bush's fault.
     
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    YET :lol:
     
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    :lol: I guess I posted this in the wrong thread:



     
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    It must be all Obama's fault then! :razz:
     
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    Mexico’s Calderon Declares Emergency Amid Swine Flu Outbreak - Bloomberg.com

    Is the swine flu outbreak more than just a coincidence? I read the above and . . . it made me wonder.
     
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