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What are the facts about the swine flu?

What are the facts about the swine flu?

Key Facts about Swine Influenza (Swine Flu) What is Swine Influenza? Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of illness and low death rates in pigs.

Can a swine be infected with a human virus?

Pigs can be infected by avian influenza and human influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. When influenza viruses from different species infect pigs, 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.

Is it possible to have both swine flu and covid-19?

It’s possible to have both COVID-19 and influenza at the same time. Most people with flu, including H1N1 flu (swine flu), require only symptom relief. Supportive care such as drinking liquids, taking pain relievers for fever and headache, and resting may be helpful.

Are there any confirmed cases of swine flu in Canada?

WHO Confirmed cases are now extant in four of six WHO regions (see map). As of 19:15 GMT seven countries have officially reported cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) infection. Canada Confirmed: two cases and another four in Alberta and Ontario, respectively.

Can a human be infected with a swine flu virus?

Pigs can be infected by avian influenza and human influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. When influenza viruses from different species infect pigs, 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.

How long does it take to diagnose swine flu?

To diagnose swine influenza A infection, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding virus). However, some persons, especially children, may shed virus for 10 days or longer.

How did the swine flu affect people in 1957?

The pandemics of 1957 and 1968 were still fresh in the memory, and fears soon escalated of another 1918-like influenza pandemic, which had killed tens of millions. Further investigation found that people under 50 years old had no antibodies to this new strain. Urgent decisions were needed.

It’s possible to have both COVID-19 and influenza at the same time. Most people with flu, including H1N1 flu (swine flu), require only symptom relief. Supportive care such as drinking liquids, taking pain relievers for fever and headache, and resting may be helpful.

Swine flu (H1N1 and H3N2 influenza virus) facts 1 Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract… 2 Swine flu viruses may mutate (change) so that they are easily transmissible among humans. 3 The April 2009 swine flu outbreak (pandemic) was due to infection with the H1N1 virus…

When is a sample positive for swine flu?

A sample is said to be positive for Swine flu (H1N1) if all three targets i.e. Influenza A, H1N1 Influenza A, and H1N1 Influenza A subtype H1 are detected. If a sample is positive for only two of the above targets a repeat sample is recommended. If all four targets are negative, a repeat sample should be done.

What’s the name of the new swine flu strain?

The new strain was named influenza A (H3N2)v. Only a few people (mainly children) were first infected, but officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported increased numbers of people infected in the 2012-2013 flu season. Currently, there are not large numbers of people infected with H3N2v.

Can a person recover from the swine flu?

If a person recovers from novel H1N1 (swine) flu, they are probably protected against infection from the same swine flu strain but are not protected against infections from variations on the strain or from other strains of influenza.