Flu interesting facts

October 7, 2009 | In: Medical facts

The Flu is an often misunderstood illness that has afflicted people for centuries.

The current H1N1 Influenza Virus has a genetic makeup that includes genes from three different virus that affect pigs, birds, and humans.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza, with a mortality rate approaching 100%, was first recognized in Italy in 1878.

One of the best ways to help protect against the flu is to be prepared in advance.

The first H1N1 ’swine flu’ virus was isolated in a pig in 1930.

Only two large “die -offs” of birds have occurred – once in South Africa in 1961 and most recently Hong Kong during the 2002-2003 winter.

Before 2009, there was approximately one human Swine Flu infection every 1-2 years in the USA. In 2009, it became a global pandaemic.

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