H1N1 Virus

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H1N1 Virus


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H1N1 Virus

Wanted for infecting over 30,000 people and causing the death of 1,731 in India during 2015.

Disease caused by virus is commonly known as the Swine Flu

The H1N1 Virus is a type of influenza virus that targets the respiratory tract of pigs but can also be transmitted to humans. The H1N1 is an airborne virus that is closely related to the seasonal flu including its symptoms and how it is transmitted. It was nick named the Swine Flu when it was first discovered in 2009 because the virus is similar to those found in pigs.

Caution! Danger level 8. The H1N1 virus is extremely dangerous if not contained. It is a relatively new mutation of the influenza virus meaning that no one has complete immunity from its effects which is one of the reasons why it can become widespread so quickly and without treatment can even cause death.

SymptomsSymptoms for pigs include a cough, loss of appetite, nasal secretion, and listless behavior.Symptoms for humans are similar include cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, nasal congestion, body aches, head aches, and chills.

The H1N1 virus is transmitted similar to the seasonal flu through contact with an infected person, their bodily fluid, or even simply from touching something that they had contact with. The H1N1 virus is like other influenza subtypes by exhibiting a lytic cycle seeing that it is a fast mutating virus which allows its victim to become contagious within 24 hours of infection.

There is an injectable form of H1N1 virus vaccine for both humans and pigs which is created using a killed virus so that there is no chance of becoming ill with that certain strain of influenza.

The most effective treatment is to receive a vaccine for the H1N1 virus before contracting it but if you are already infected then you should refrain from being near others as a way to prevent the spread of the disease. Other preemptive measures include: avoiding touching your mouth or eyes, steering away from crowded places, and frequent hand washing.

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