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FC: Swine Flu Jennifer Kelly
1: Swine Flu Jennifer Kelly
2: The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.
3: In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
4: Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. | Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
7: Because 2009 H1N1 is a new strain of influenza, it is difficult to predict the course of the disease. Generally cases have been mild, but as with all flu, cases can be life-threatening if complications develop. Underlying health conditions may be worsened by the disease, and pneumonia, a common and sometimes fatal complication of seasonal flu, may develop.
8: There are two different types of vaccines against the swine flu; however, these vaccines do not prevent against seasonal flu. Inactivated vaccine (vaccine that has killed virus in it) is injected into the muscle, like the annual flu shot. On the other hand, a live, intranasal vaccine (the nasal spray vaccine) is also available, but those with certain health conditions should not take this type of vaccine.
9: Oseltamivir or Zanamivir can be used to treat and/or prevent infection with these swine influenza viruses. | These antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
10: Between August 30, 2009 and December 12, 2009, 212 children died as a result of this virus.
11: Between August 30, 2009 and December 12, 2009, there were over 58,000 reported cases of the H1N1 virus.
12: This illness is not caused by a gene or chromosome disorder.
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