Breaking news just came across the alert network, as the H1N1 flu outbreak continues to cause great concern for the global health community. Officials believe the virus started in Mexico, where over 1,000 people may have the swine virus and over 68 people have already died. Now 8 Americans are thought to be infected.
As Mexico is under a state-issued quarantine, with public events being canceled and citizens being told to stay home for the weekend, the United States Center for Disease Control has released the following information for the American public.
“Our concern has grown since yesterday in light of what we’ve learned since then.This is something we’re worried about and taking very seriously. We are moving quickly, being very aggressive in our approach.”
The CDC lists the following as symptoms of the swine flu.
How common is swine flu infection in humans?
In the past, CDC received reports of approximately one human swine influenza virus infection every one to two years in the U.S., but from December 2005 through February 2009, 12 cases of human infection with swine influenza have been reported.
What are the symptoms of swine flu in humans?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Can people catch swine flu from eating pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You can not get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.
How does swine flu spread?
Influenza viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human infection with flu viruses from pigs are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in pig barns and livestock exhibits housing pigs at fairs. Human-to-human transmission of swine flu can also occur. This is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu occurs in people, which is mainly person-to-person transmission through coughing or sneezing of people infected with the influenza virus. People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Despite the risk of deadly virus entering the US from Mexico, Barack Obama has refused to close the US border and suggest suspected Mexican illegals immediately report to health safety camps at time of filing.