Swine Influenza Virus Information
Confirmed cases of the swine flu virus in Mexico (also known as H1N1
influenza), the United States and other countries has led the U.S.
government to issue travel health warnings and offer instructions for
U.S. citizens who travel abroad. At this time, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico
The first step is to get the facts about swine influenza
On this site, you will learn that "Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a
respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that
regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs." Since pigs can be
infected by swine influenza, avian influenza and human influenza, "the
viruses can reassort (i.e. swap genes) and new viruses that are a mix
of swine, human and/or avian influenza viruses can emerge." Healthfinder
reports that the virus contains genetic pieces from four different flu
viruses -- North American swine influenza, North American avian
influenza, human influenza viruses and swine influenza viruses found in
Asia and Europe, she said.
More important than learning about the origin of this virus is understanding how it spreads, what the symptoms
are, preventative measures to minimize the risk of contracting this flu
virus and, especially, what treatment to seek if you believe you might
have swine flu.
The World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 4
in response to the outbreak.
The U.S. Department of State informs that most cases of
influenza are not H1N1 influenza (swine flu). Mexico medical
authorities have asked that people only go to the hospital in cases of
a medical emergency. Swine flu screening has been instituted at
airports and land borders for travelers departing Mexico, according to
Mexican health authorities.
For more information, download the brochure Swine Influenza in Pigs and People
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the world is in a post-pandemic period
The expectation is that "the H1N1 (2009) virus is expected to continue
to circulate as a seasonal virus for some years to come." To read the
latest influenza update, click here
Swine Flu in the News
Tourism Hit by Swine Flu: U.S. Warns on Mexico Travel - ABC News
Airports in the United States and around the world are on high alert as health officials race to tackle the swine flu outbreak.
New swine flu infections intensify travel fears | Reuters
New swine flu infections were found around the world on ... Swine flu raises air travel health concerns ...
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