UTOPIA: Swine Flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu

Over the weekend, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported an outbreak of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus in Mexico and the United States. This outbreak has now increased to include a small number of confirmed cases in North America and suspected cases in other countries globally.

Swine Flu is spread to humans mainly through contact with infected pigs, but limited human-to-human transmission can also occur in the same way seasonal flu occurs in people. The symptoms are similar to regular human seasonal influenza - high fever in the early stages followed by cough, sore throat, runny nose and sometimes breathlessness a few days later. Further information is available on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Swine Flu webpage - http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/h1n1_20090425/en/index.html

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