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Mexican (Swine) Influenza
The new swine influenza virus is born. This mexican flu is
quickly spreading all around the world. So, many of us are
concerned, is there a real danger of influenza pandemic?
A first case of the novel H1N1 type A flu virus was detected
in Mexico. It was found in swine. First people were infected
from pigs. At that time, its spreading still could be keeped
under control. The panic has began when the virus passed from
person to another person. Its thought that new influenza
A (H1N1) flu spreads in the same way that regular seasonal
influenza viruses spread; mainly through the coughs and sneezes
of people who are sick with the virus. At the beginning, first
Mexican cases shown that it would be a highly deathly virus.
As time passes, we see that the Swine Influenza Virus A is
quickly spreading all around the globe, but it is not so deathly
as we thought before.
At the moment of writing this article (June 2009) the rate
of mortality was about 2%. At this time, most people who have
become ill with Mexican flu have experienced typical flu symptoms
and have recovered without requiring medical treatment.
Mostly new cases have had mild Influenza-Like Illness with
only a few requiring brief hospitalization. Although the swine
influenza cases have been registered in most countries, if
we compare numbers, there have been reported a less percentage
of deaths everyday.
While waiting H1N1 vaccine, many people purchase
Tamiflu as a prevention. It is the only approved medicine
that treat flu virus successfully. Currently Tamiflu is one
of the most widely prescribed of all the influenza medications
on the market.