Swine Flu H1N1

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Name, Fears and Worries

Why all the hype? Why the government changed from "swine flu" to "n1h1"? Swine-Flu Fears and worries?

Swine flu is affecting everyone all over the world, young and old. Swine flu called swine influenza virus (SIV, H1N1, hog flu, pig flu) usually infect pigs. Conspiracy theorists already say this particular strain of H1N1 was created in a lab to get Multi-million dollar vaccine deals.

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway by raising the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6. This action was a reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. At the time, more than 70 countries had reported cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and there were ongoing community level outbreaks of novel H1N1 in multiple parts of the world.

Since the WHO declaration of a pandemic, the new H1N1 virus has continued to spread, with the number of countries reporting cases of novel H1N1 nearly doubling. The Southern Hemisphere’s regular influenza season has begun and countries there are reporting a new H1N1 virus is spreading and causing illness along with regular seasonal influenza viruses. In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring. The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases of any country worldwide, however, most people who have become ill have recovered without requiring medical treatment.

The "scientific" name for swine flu has always been H1N1. It is believed, the term Swine flu negatively impact the pork industry. Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide.

Transmission of swine influenza virus from pigs to humans is not common, however; people with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. To help further minimize the risk and spread of infection, it is strongly advised to eat properly cooked pork.

Currently, H1N1 is mostly media hype. In medicine more is not always better. In past swine flu scares, the US mobilized a huge immunization program. More died from immunization than the actual swine flu. The public health community may still be scarred by the U.S. disastrous 1976 swine flu vaccination campaign, which was abruptly stopped after hundreds of people reported developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, a paralyzing disorder, after getting the flu vaccine. Once burned, twice shy.

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