Feds have declared a national heath emergency since the recent outbreak of the swine flu. Starting in Mexico and killing 103 people, it has reached 20 people currently in the U.S. So how did this epidemic start and spread? Well the answer may be found surprising, pigs.
“Swine flu is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease normally found in pigs. It spreads through tiny particles in the air or by direct contact. According to WHO it tends to infect large numbers of a given pig population, killing between 1 and 4 percent of those affected. Not every animal infected displays symptoms.”
Human contact with the pigs generated this international scare. The most dangerous part of this flu, like any other stem, is that it can be spread very quickly and very easily. Officials are warning everyone to stay calm but to also wash hands and not be around the infected. As of now there is no vaccine that can prevent the flu for humans, only pigs. However, if contracted, there are two types of medication, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), which has seemed to respond to the infection.