What Is Swine Flu?
In the last few years, swine flu has been one of the most influential viruses of the 21st century. Learn about its history and what we know today!
Swine flu (H1N1) was first identified in April 2009, when an outbreak occurred in Mexico. The virus spread rapidly across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. By June 2009, the World Health Organization declared that H1N1 had become a pandemic.
Swine flu is a type of influenza A virus that affects humans. It is also known as “swine flu” because it originated in pigs. This particular strain of the virus is called H1N1.
Where Did Swine Flu Originate?
Swine flu first appeared in Mexico in April 2009. At the time, there were no cases reported in the United States. However, by May 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had confirmed that at least two people in the U.S. had contracted the virus. By June 2009, more than 100 cases had been reported in the U.S., with several deaths.
Why Does Swine Flu Spread So Quickly?
There are three main reasons why swine flu spreads so quickly. First, the virus is highly contagious. Second, it is easily transmitted through close contact. Third, it is very easy to catch because it is spread through coughing and sneezing.
How Do We Prevent Swine Flu?
To prevent swine flu, people should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze, avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth, and stay home when sick.
Are There Any Vaccines Available?
Although there are no vaccines available yet, scientists are working hard to develop them. They hope to find a vaccine by 2015.