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What are the symptoms of swine flu (H1N1)?

New Delhi, Tue, 03 Mar 2015 NI Wire

Swine flu (H1N1) is causing great health concern in India and the deaths due to Swine flu crossed 1075. A total number of around 20,000 cases of the Swine flu are registered nationwide. Government is providing all the help to treat the Swine flu patients.

According to the Health Ministry figures, 1,075 died from this disease and persons suffered from this flu is reached 19,972 till Sunday.

What is Swine flu?

The Swine flu is known as Swine influenza and it is also know with the names like pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu and pig flu. This flu is caused by any of the strain of several types of swine influenza viruses.

The Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV) are fond in many different strains and is endemic in pigs.

The known SIV strains are influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H2N1, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

History of Swine flu

This disease was first found in the year 1918 when pigs become ill and at the same time this disease was also found in the humans. In the year 1930, it was first identified that the influenza virus is the cause of the disease in the pigs and humans.

For the last 60 years, swine flu influenza virus remained almost same e.g. H1N1. After that between the years 1997 and 2002, new strains of the virus emerged.

Over the past two years, H5N1 has been joined by newly detected H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, and H5N8 strains and currently it is circulating in different parts of the world. WHO has already warned about the Swine Flu and its outbreak might be worse than the 2009 outbreak.

Symptoms of Swine Flu

The main symptoms of the Swine Flu are:

  • cough
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue

Check more at: What is Swine Flu?

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