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“A new strain of the flu virus originating in Mexico sparked off a global pandemic.”
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“At first it terrified the world and many panic over its imposing dangers. By end of 2009, most fears have subsided although medically, it's still a pandemic threatening the world
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“A new strain of flu turns into a global pandemic.”
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The Swine Flu
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Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a subtype of influenza A virus and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a small fraction of all seasonal influenza. H1N1 strains caused a few percent all human flu infections in 2004–2005. Other strains of H1N1 are endemic in pigs (swine influenza) and in birds (avian influenza).

In June 2009, World Health Organization declared that flu due to a new strain of swine-origin H1N1 was responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic. This strain is often called swine flu by the public media.

Swine influenza, more commonly
known as swine flu, is caused by any strain of the influenza virus prevalent in pigs (swine). Though rare to humans, swine flu is common in swine. Those who constantly work with swine are at risk of catching swine influenza, only if the swine carry a strain which is able to be transmitted to humans. These strains are rarely able to infect humans, except in a case where the SIV mutates into a form able to pass easily from one person to another. It is believed that the strain responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak in humans had undergone such a mutation.

Medical experts feel the new strain of virus is a combination of pig viruses, mixed with human and bird viruses. Swine flu can live on commonly touched surfaces for several hours, including doorknobs. The virus has taken the lives of hundreds in Mexico and is now ...

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