What is swine flu?
• “swine flu (an acute and highly
contagious respiratory disease of swine
caused by the orthomyxovirus thought to
be the same virus that caused the 1918
What is swine flu?
• A respiratory disease of pigs caused by
type A influenza virus,
• Causes high rates of illness and low rates
of death in pigs,
• Most out breaks happen during the fall
• The swine flu (A influenza N1H1 flu) was
first isolated from pigs in 1930.
• Antigenic drift- means by which flu viruses
constantly reshuffle their composition
• Pandemic- Threw human populations over
a large region or worldwide.
• H1N1- Novel influenza A virus called
swine flu- a new strain
Where is swine flu at?
• Swine flu has reached 74 countries and
has infected nearly 29,000 people.
• Some countries infected is Europe, Chile,
Australia, Japan, and the United States.
• Believe to have started in Veracruz,
Mexico or the town of La Gloria.
• Spread to the US and other countries.
• First case was in February, First case in
the United States was in late March.
• 1st death was in the United States of May
• Originally started with pigs passed to
humans- probably working with pigs then
human to human.
• Pigs- unsanitary conditions, poverty and
public health laws don’t help to prevent it
or contain it to a country or community
• With travel- flying- easy to spread quickly
to people, usually isn’t passed to humans
not transmitted by eating pork.
Some Symptoms are:
• Runny nose,
• Fever over 100 degrees,
• Muscle aches
YOUR BASIC COMMAN FLU SYMPTOMS!!!
What we are doing to make sure it
does not spread:
• June 11, 2009 World Health Organization
(who) raised pandemic alert level to Phase
6- indicates worldwide,
• Airline passengers screened to be sure
they are not sick,
• Harder on elderly, pregnant women,
young children, or those with asthma,
diabetes, heart disease may cause death.
• Keep informed
• Everyday actions- wash your hands often
with soap & water use hand cleaners
• Cover mouth and nose when coughing or
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth to not
• Stay home if sick,
• Follow public health guidelines when
schools or businesses close,
• Avoid crowds,
• Deal with stress and anxiety,
• Avoid kissing or touching someone who is
• Developing a vaccine,
• Planning how to vaccinate large groups of
people- schools, etc.
• Make available for everybody,
• Pilot programs- testing to see if will need 1
or 2 doses of vaccine.
• The Denver Post, July 11,2009 Obesity may
be factor in swine-flu severity