Saturday, May 2, 2009

Swine (Mexican pig) flu

What is swine flu (swine influenca or pig flu or mexican flue) and
how much danger can be ?

What is swine flu (influenca) ?


Swine flu or Mexican flu infects people every year and is found typically in people who have been in contact with pigs. Pigs are transmitors for this deatlhy desease so You should avoid contact with pig or eating pork meat in days of influenca.

Medical definition of pig influenza: "An acute highly contagious, respiratory disease caused primarily by a Type-A infuenza virus and characterized by depression, fever, anorexia, coughing, dyspnea, muscular weakness, prostration, and a mucous discharge from the eyes and nose. Pigs are the principal hosts of swine influenza virus, although infuenza viruses found in pigs also occur in man and birds."


In days of influenza (epidemic) it is imprortant if You are searching internet to know how 'pig influenza' is translated in various languages, so here is a small list of translations of "pig influenza" so You can continue Your local google searching abut info and news about pig flu.


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Danish
svineinfluenza (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).

Dutch
varkensinfluenza (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).

Finnish
sikainfluenssa (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).

French
influenza porcine (pig flu), influenza du porc (pig flu), hog flu (pig flu), grippe porcine (pig flu), grippe du porc (pig flu).

German
Influenza der Schweine (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).

Italian influenza suina (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza), influenza dei suini (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza), hog-flu (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).

Pig Latin
igpay influenzaay

Spanish
gripe del cerdo (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).

Swedish
svininfluensa (hog flu, pig flu, swine influenza).


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Swines (pig) are transmitors of this influenca


Encyclopedia definitions for swine influenca symptoms

Direct transmission of a swine flu virus from pigs to humans is occasionally possible (this is called zoonotic swine flu). In all, 50 cases are known to have occurred since the first report in the medical literature in 1958, which have resulted in a total of six deaths. Of these six people, one was pregnant, one had leukemia, one had Hodgkin disease and two were known to be previously healthy. Despite these apparently low numbers of infections, the true rate of infection may be higher, since most cases only cause a very mild disease, and will probably never be reported or diagnosed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in humans the symptoms of the 2009 "swine flu" H1N1 virus are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The 2009 outbreak has shown an increased percentage of patients reporting diarrhea and vomiting. The 2009 H1N1 virus is not zoonotic swine flu, as it is not transmitted from pigs to humans, but from person to person.

Because these symptoms are not specific to swine flu, a differential diagnosis of probable swine flu requires not only symptoms but also a high likelihood of swine flu due to the person's recent history. For example, during the 2009 swine flu outbreak in the United States, CDC advised physicians to "consider swine influenza infection in the differential diagnosis of patients with acute febrile respiratory illness who have either been in contact with persons with confirmed swine flu, or who were in one of the five U.S. states that have reported swine flu cases or in Mexico during the 7 days preceding their illness onset."A diagnosis of confirmed swine flu requires laboratory testing of a respiratory sample (a simple nose and throat swab).

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