Swine Flu....not that big of a deal

May 6, 2009
by: Anonymous

Swine Flu also known as H1N1 is a type of flu due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that contained genes most closely related to swine influenza. The origin of this new strain is unknown, however, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reports that this strain has not been isolated in pigs. This strain can be transmitted from human to human, and causes the normal symptoms of influenza. The outbreak in 2009 started in Mexico and began moving toward the border and into the United States. Schools have been closing all over the United States and there ha been somewhat of a crisis. After a chaotic weekend many people came to realization that this disease isn't as powerful as we all believed it to be. In Utah there have only been 3 confirmed cases, but those cases closed down a handful of schools for up to 11 days. many schools are still closed for the fact that the government and health department insisted on it. Now they are recalling the closure of schools due to the lack of effect the disease had on people. To be honest, it was a huge over reaction. More people die from the regular flu every year, a whopping 3,600 people. But we have never once closed school down for that. To be so close to summer and in the middle of most sporting events regions and state this couldn't have come at a worse time. Yes, swine flu is still a serious illness that can kill people, but with modern medicine on our side, it hasn't been at problem in the States.