Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Blog About Swine Influenza A H1N1

From Wikipedia:
The outbreak of a new strain of Swine Influenza A (H1N1), in late March 2009 infected many people in Mexico City, other regions of Mexico, and parts of the United States, causing severe illness and death in Mexico. By April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) [7] have both expressed serious concerns that the novel strain, which apparently transmits from human to human and which to date has had a relatively high mortality rate in the possible and confirmed Mexican cases, has the potential to become a flu pandemic.


Train commuters in Mexico City wearing surgical masks in an attempt to protect themselves from the swine flu. Masks cannot filter viruses, but they can protect from aerosols and fingers that carry viruses.

In March and April 2009, over 1000 cases of unusually virulent flu in humans were detected in Mexico and the southwestern United States, causing more than 60 deaths, mostly in Mexico City and central Mexico.[2] Some of these have been confirmed by the World Health Organization to be a never-before-seen strain of H1N1.[8][1] The story of the outbreak was broadcast live first in Mexico on April 23, 2009. A new swine flu strain has been confirmed in 16 of the deaths and at least 100 others are being tested as of April 24, 2009.[9] The Mexican fatalities are mainly young adults, a hallmark of pandemic flu.[10]

Mexican Health Minister José Ángel Córdoba on April 24, said "We’re dealing with a new flu virus that constitutes a respiratory epidemic that so far is controllable."[2]

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