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Swine Flu Epidemic in North America
Swine influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by
typeA influenza viruses.
Sometimes it may spread to Humansand cause flu-like symptoms
It usually causes common flu-likesymtoms, but is occasionally fatal.The virus is influenza A virus, carrying the designation H1N1. It is ahybrid reassorted virus and contains DNA typical to avian, swine andhuman viruses, including elements from European and Asian swineviruses. It clasically causes outbreaks from Mid March to mid May andcommonly presents as fever, headache, fatigue and cough. As yet,none of the Eight Swine flu cases diagnosed in US has proved fatal,though sources report about 80 fatal cases in Mexico in the past fewweeks.Current situation-In the past, CDC received reports of approximately one human swineinfluenza virus infection every one to two years in the U.S., but fromDecember 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infectionswith swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the UnitedStates. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of anew strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in California,Texas, and Mexico have been identified.