Friday, June 26, 2009

Swine Flu - thats the real name...

Datuk Rais is right : Influenza A H1N1 has many names. It’s also called swine flu, human swine flu, swine influenza H1N1 or flu virus H1N1.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports that a herd of pigs in Alberta tested positive for this H1N1 strain. The pigs were likely exposed to the virus from a hog farm worker who had recently returned from Mexico and had been exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

The US based Centre for Disease Control CDC was the first to use the term "swine flu" after initial analysis showed the virus had many of the characteristics of a swine flu.

Reverting to the actual name, 'swine flu' may evoke a better awareness of its dangers...

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