Swine in Time

The recent outbreak of Swine Influenza, or Swine Flu, is causing a panic not only in the Mexico, but in the United States as well.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease that affects pigs and is caused by a type-A influenza virus. Although not completely sure how humans are being affected directly, being around the pigs and interacting with them is the main reason people are getting sick.

This map CNN is regulating is keeping tabs on where the cases are occurring, and so far, it looks as though there is no pattern of occurrence.

The World Health Organization has called it a “public health emergency of international concern,” and the contagious virus isn’t coming from what most people think.

People infected with swine flu are passing along the sickness by coughing and sneezing, not by consuming ham or pork.

The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to that of a common cold. People have been hospitalized with signs of fatigue, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose and even nausea.

Just like the flu, people can recover rather fast from the virus, and anti-virus drugs are being distributed.

The closest case to Michigan is that of a young boy in Ohio who had recently visited family in Mexico.

-Carlee Henderson

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