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SWINE FLU FROM MEXICO – ARE YOU AT RISK?

Mexican Swine Flu:  You are at Risk?

0431_swine_65x65The latest outbreak of swine flu that has millions of people across a variety of countries sweating like pigs with worry is not the typical swine flu that affects pigs primarily. Swine flu is a new strain of flu that originated in Mexico.

It is a combination of strains of bird, pig, and human flu.

It is important to understand exactly what Swine Flu is and how you can protect yourself from it.

You do not need to be overly concerned or panicked, but you should act with some  caution. The first strain of the flu was found in Mexico and then it began to spread to other parts of the world. As a result WHO raised the pandemic level all the way to level 5. This is one level below a full blown pandemic. By the end of spring of 2009 the Swine Flu had subsided, but health officials were still concerned about it coming up again in the fall.

Swine Flu has been extremely over rated. The reason for this is that thousands of people die from influenza each and every year. The Swine Flu has only killed a few people which is a small number compared to how many deaths fever causes annually.

Usually influenza causes about 350,000 deaths each year.

Most of these influenza deaths are in older people who have weaker immune systems. Some pigs in Canada were even diagnosed with the H1N1 Flu, or Swine Flu. As a result millions of people stopped eating pork. This is not necessary because cooking meat kills the flu. In Egypt, hundreds of thousands of pigs were slaughtered because of the fear of Swine Flu.

One of the most dangerous things about this flu is that it can live on non-living objects. That means if someone has swine flu and coughs on a counter, you can get the flu by touching that counter. That is the main reason as to why people are so scared about this specific strain of the swine flu.

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You may want to walk around with a disinfectant so that you can use it on your hands to prevent from getting the swine flu. Washing your hands is one of the best things you can do to prevent yourself from contracting the H1N1 virus. As long as you wash your hands and stay away from sick people you should have no problem avoiding the swine flu.

There is also talk of a vaccine in the works for this particular strain of swine flu but it may not be available until late 2009.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 24th August 2009

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