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The first Swine flu viruses were isolated in 1930 in the United States in pigs.

The most famous early swine flu outbreak in humans was in 1976 at Fort Dix, New Jersey where four soldiers who were previously healthy contracted the virus and developed pneumonia diagnosed by X-ray with other symptoms of the flu. One died as a result. The virus was thought to have circulated approximately a month in the close quarters of the group in basic training but not outside the group, then it disappeared.

In the fall of 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman was hospitalized for pneumonia and died 8 days later. A swine H1N1 flu virus was detected. Four days before getting sick, the patient visited a county fair swine exhibition where there was widespread influenza-like illness among the swine.

The 2009 pandemic of Influenza A, Novel H1N1 "swine flu" was first detected in Mexico City and was made public March 18, 2009. This new strain of virus has been tracked back to a child from a small village in Mexico (where there was close proximity to hog farms) as the probable first infected individual.
The village was La Gloria, a small town in southern Mexico. La Gloria has about 3,000 people, and it is now believed the first human cases of the Novel H1N1 Influenza probably started there. The first known person to have contracted the 2009 H1N1 Influenza was a young boy named Edgar Hernandez from La Gloria. He survived the virus.

Although a particular pig farm in Mexico was thought to have perhaps had the first case of the flu among pigs, the Mexican government tested and found no evidence of that at the farm. It is now believed that the first case among pigs was more likely at a different farm in Texas.

The first cases in the US were discovered in March and early April in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Pandemic. That means that it is world wide and spreading quickly from human to human. The pandemic continued with increasing spread human to human around the globe but has now been declared over, although there are still isolated outbreaks around the world in different locations from time to time.
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Is swine fever the same as Swine Flu?

No. The Swine Fever is a disease that affects pigs and wild boar. The virus that causes it is very different than the swine flu H1N1/09 virus that causes Swine Flu in people. Swine Fever is also known as Classical Swine Fever, hog cholera, and pig plague. Swine Fever spreads rapidly and easily among pigs and causes fever, skin lesions, and even convulsions. It can cause losses for the pork producers, with the younger animals dying as quickly as 15 days from the onset of symptoms. See the WikiPedia link below for more information on Swine Fever, a disease of pigs which is different than Swine flu (H1N1/09 virus) that caused the pandemic of 2009. (Comments and discussion unrelated to the question have been moved from here to the discussion page.)

Where did the swine flu start?

Mexico's agriculture department said in May 2009 that the Novel H1N1 influenza strain that now has infected people in all countries of the world, a true pandemic, did not originate from hogs at a Smithfield Foods operation. This pork production farm facility had been singled out by some, including critics of modern pork production, as the source of the A-H1N1 flu virus. Test results by the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) confirmed that the novel A-H1N1 virus was not in pigs at the Granjas Carroll de México farm in Veracruz. The pigs also tested negative for other viruses. . By Elizabeth Landau CNN (CNN) -- While investigators trudge through pig farms and remote villages in Mexico, searching for clues about the new swine flu, answers about the virus' origin may finally appear on a computer, based on genetic codes. At the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, researchers are using public databases to trace the origins of the 2009 H1N1 virus. They've found that the closest relatives to the new virus are viruses that were isolated from pigs in the United States in the past few years. Their analysis, recently published in Eurosurveillance, suggests that the virus has at least two swine ancestors, one of them related to a virus isolated in North America in 1998. Still, the relatives are distant, and it's premature to conclude that the virus came from the United States based on this analysis, said Raul Rabadan, study co-author and assistant professor at Columbia.. The first recorded and confirmed cases of the Pandemic H1N1 influenza "Swine Flu/09" were in Mexico and the United States (see the related questions below for more information on this Pandemic Flu).

Was it the pigs fault that they started the swine flu?

Not any more than it would be your fault for getting a cold and giving it to someone else. The fault, if there is to be blame assigned, lies with the virus itself. The pigs and people that get sick from the virus are not to blame when other pigs or people also get sick from the virus. I still consider pigs to be my friends.

Who can get the Swine Flu?

The people who can get it are elderly people, kids baby's and well almost everyone.

What to do if you get the Swine Flu?

4 Easy steps 1. Do not panic.. 2. Stay inside. Keep your family inside. 3. Book a doctor's home visit appointment. 4. Avoid contact with the community.

Are pigs bad for starting the Swine Flu?

No, they didn't do it on purpose. They just got sick with the kind of swine flu they usually get but then that flu mutated together with the bird flu and some human flu strains into the Novel H1N1 (2009 Swine flu). Because pigs are very similar physiologically to humans, their genetic material was easier to change into a strain of flu that humans can get. This can only typically happen when pigs, humans, and in this case also birds are in very close physical contact, such as in a barn or barnyard. When you look at it this way, and since humans are responsible for keeping them in over crowded conditions, you might more correctly say that Humans are bad for starting the swine flu by keeping them all too crowded.

How can you not get swine flu?

A good way to keep clean from the swine flu is wash your hands. Make sure you wash hands before and after you eat. In case there are any germs on your hands and when you eat they can get into your mouth. Another really important thing is after you use the restroom. Make sure you wash your hands for at lest 20 seconds. The reason being, is that everyone touchs the handle when the flush, so someone could touch and and they could have the flu without knowing it. Just wash your hands and if you feel like your getting the flu, do not think twice , and go to your family Doctor and get checked out. Better safe than sorry . (:

What can the swine flu do to you?

sometimes it can make you die and sometimes. It wont all you need to do is go to the doctors and have a swine flu shot dont worry its only a pinch. But remember wear a mask.

Can you call Swine Flu just swine?

Some people do but it is incorrect. Swine simply means pig/hog. The flu, Swine Flu, is called that because it started as a virus that only infected pigs, so it was the flu that the swine got. Since viruses mutate easily, it changed into a virus that caused flu in people as well as pigs. The name Swine Flu stuck then and also now with the virus causing the pandemic which is actually a third strain of the swine flu virus that people pass to people.

If you get Swine Flu can you overcome the flu?

Yes, most people have been able to. The death rate is much lower than even the seasonal flu ("regular" flu). The illness was far milder than initially feared and the control measures and public education were especially good at informing people how to avoid infection and when to seek professional medical help. See the related question below about who is at the greatest risk of having more serious symptoms and complications, how it is treated, and about avoiding the infection with proper immunizations.

If you have the flu do you have the Swine Flu?

There are many different types of influenza (flu), just because you may have flu does not mean that it is swine flu. During the 2009 -2010 flu season in the US, the majority of cases tested did prove positive for the new pandemic H1N1/09 flu, so it is likely that could have been the type you had, but the only way to know for sure is to have laboratory testing. There are self assessment tools online from the US and UK health authorities that you might use to see if it seems like your symptoms are the same. However, it doesn't matter for treatment which type of flu you have, all would be treated the same way. See the related questions and links below.

If you get a swine flu shot will the swine flu disappear in a week?

The swine flu shot is used to prevent the flu, not to treat the flu if you already have it. To treat the flu, antiviral medications are more likely to be prescribed, such as Tamiflu.

How are swine treated for Swine Flu?

They do have some vaccinations to prevent the H1N1 subtype that pigs get (a different strain of virus than the one that causes the pandemic H1N1/09 flu), and sometimes the larger pork producers will have vaccines developed for new strains as they appear in that particular pig farm, so they can vaccinate to protect the pigs who have not yet caught it from the others. The best treatment is prevention with vaccinations and with good animal husbandry techniques, cleanliness, and common sense to prevent transmission, just like in humans. The swine that are sick are usually also isolated from other pigs in the herd, given adequate water and good food, monitored, and allowed to let the virus run its course. The symptoms are similar to what humans get with coughs and sneezes at first, but the pigs can go on to get more serious symptoms, including severe respiratory problems like pneumonia. Sometimes the farmers can suffer high losses of livestock from one outbreak, since the mortality rate with the original H1N1 subtype that spreads among pigs is fairly high. It is higher than we have seen in humans with the different strain of H1N1/09, which caused the pandemic in humans.

Did an Arabic terrorist group start the swine flu?

There is no reason to believe so. New viruses come along regularly and this strain is one that has never been seen before, so it was expected to spread just as it has because it is new and no one had prior immunity. Because this was expected, the public health officials made warnings, guidelines for prevention, and began studies to learn how to control and prevent widespread fatalities. Concern about the potential of pandemic proportions of the flu was expanded into fears by many people. When people are afraid, they tend to worry about the worst case scenario. It is unlikely that this is a political or terrorist act, especially since no group has come forward claiming responsibility.

Did Arabic people start the swine flu?

No, there is absolutely no reason to believe that. The Swine Flu (2009 H1N1 influenza virus) is a mutation of a virus that pigs had, the mutation made it able to infect people too. The pigs who first had the flu that evolved into the Swine Flu were in a pig farm in the US, according to investigators tracking the origin of the disease. See the related question below about what caused the swine flu for more information on how it got started.

Why should swine flu not be called swine flu?

It is confusing since there is the "Swine Flu" that is the virus that pigs get, which is also called Pig Flu and Hog Flu. That is the original H1N1 virus that infected pigs but not people. In 1976, another strain of flu infected people and was called "Swine Flu" which was also an H1N1 virus but different from the first one. When the pandemic flu was first found and typed to the H1N1 virus, it too, was called "Swine Flu". To avoid confusion with the other two strains, it was called the "2009 Swine Flu". That might have avoided the confusion, but the pork producers and pig farmers didn't like the name "swine" associated again with a potentially bad infection. So they objected to the stigma that was being produced by calling this epidemic flu in 2009 "Swine Flu" again. To add more confusion, people were calling it Mexican Flu since the first identified cases were in Mexico. This was a more standard way of naming influenza viruses, such as "Asian Flu", "Hong Kong Flu", "Spanish Flu", etc. However, even those namings were not consistent with where the flu was first discovered. And the Mexican government wasn't very happy that it was being called Mexican, either. So the CDC started calling it "Novel H1N1" to mean "New H1N1" flu. This seemed to solve the problems with the stigma. That is the reason that calling it the swine flu has been discouraged. The World Health Organization (WHO) for the same reasons started calling it the Pandemic Swine Flu. The latest name they have tried to consistently use is Influenza A-H1N1/09. The 09 was to represent 2009, the year this strain first was discovered. Other countries have different names still. See the related questions below for more information about the name of the 2009 Pandemic influenza.

Are the flu and Swine Flu the same?

No, Swine Flu is just one strain of the many flu viruses. Flu is an abbreviation for influenza. So Swine Flu is a type of flu, but all flu is not the swine flu, there are other kinds.

How did the whole swine flu thing start?

It started to spread in Mexico, and many people started to die. It spread up to Texas and New York, (because a high school took a trip there over spring break) and it turned into a pandemic, and also spread throughout more states.

Do swine get the Swine Flu?

Yes. That is why it is called that. But the strain they get most often is different than most of the kinds that people get. This type of Influenza, Type A and subtype H1N1, started as a porcine disease. It mutated to incorporate human viruses which made it possible for people to get it. The particular one that was pandemic in 2009, Novel Type A/H1N1-09, mutated in a form that combines pig flu, human flu and bird flu genetic material. Pigs can get it from people just as humans first got it from pigs before it began the human to human pandemic spread.

Did the Swine Flu start from Japan?

No, the 2009 pandemic swine flu (A-H1N1/09) is thought to have begun in Mexico. The types of flu that mutated to become this pandemic flu do include one of the Asian forms of the H1N1 that pigs get, but the location of the first cases of H1N1/09 was Mexico. See the related questions for more information.

Did the current strain of Swine Flu start in a pig?

Yes. The 2009 swine flu H1N1/09 started in a pig. See the related question below about what caused this flu for the details of how that happened.

Why did Babe start the Swine Flu?

There really is no way to know who the first pig with swine flu was. We are positive, however, that it was not Babe. More, on the lighter side: All the sheep and sheep dogs who knew and lived on the same farm with Babe have indicated that at no time has Babe shown any signs of influenza. There is much speculation on who the first pig with the swine flu was, but as yet it has not been proven conclusively who it may have been. . For a full discussion of this side of the story, see the related questions below, "Who was the first pig to spread swine flu?" and "Is there an update on the information of who was the first pig to spread the swine flu?" .

How does Swine Flu spread and where did it first start spreading and how?

Swine flu spreads like any other flu; it is passed through coughing, sneezing w/e covering the mouth, etc. Ironically, swine flu started from a pig farm owned by a U.S.A. company; (I'm saying this because a lot of people were blaming the Mexicans for this incident) some pigs had the infection, and it was spread to the workers there due to poor sanitary conditions. The H1N1 virus was first detected in Mexico City. From there, the flu started to spread outwards into other countries. Hope this helps!

How did the pig start the Swine Flu?

Viruses cause flu. Viruses are little pieces of DNA or RNA surrounded by a shell. These viruses infect a cell. Once they get inside a cell, the viruses lose their shells and the pieces of DNA or RNA start making new copies of the DNA or RNA and put them into new shells. The cell then falls apart and releases all the new viruses. Sometimes a bird, animal, or human catches two or more types of flu at once. Then pieces of DNA or RNA from two different types of flu can get together in one shell. It makes a new type of flu. That type of flu starts infecting animals or people. The pig didn't start the swine flu. Two viruses infected a pig at the same time and created the virus responsible for swine flu. See the related question below for more details of how the virus went from pigs to people.

Is the Swine Flu out to get you?

Viruses don't "think", so they do not have motives like this. They are simply out to reproduce. They are not alive, they are particles that behave in a certain way mechanically and chemically. The way they reproduce is to get inside a host plant or animal and trick the host's cells to make more viruses. When this happens, the cells are no longer able to do their normal job and so we (the host) feel sick as they stop the normal work they would be doing. Then after the cells finish making and releasing duplicates of the virus, they die and that can make us feel even more ill. Eventually our bodies, if we have healthy immune systems, will build up defenses to destroy the virus and make it unable to cause the cells of our bodies to continue to "work for it instead of for us". This job by the immune system can be initiated by exposure to the wild virus (catching it from someone else) or by having vaccinations to "teach" our immune systems how to fight the virus. See related questions below.

Why is swine flu not called swine flu in Israel?

H1N1/09 pandemic swine flu is called by many different names in different places. See the related questions below for more information.

Why did people start the Swine Flu?

If your question means that you think the swine flu was created by people (like in a lab), that didn't happen. It occurred naturally as a mutation that combined the genetic material of common flu viruses that infect pigs, and those that infect birds along with those that cause the flu in people. This process is called a viral reassortant (sometimes also called reassortment). Because pigs are physiologically very similar to people, they can sometimes catch viruses from us and we can sometimes catch viruses from them. The influenza viruses mutate easily and rapidly, like the viruses that cause the common cold. Somewhere (where is not yet determined, but likely in Asia since there are many occurrences of pigs and poultry/birds living very closely together there and also living very closely with humans) a pig caught the pig/swine flu that pigs get, in fact it had caught three types of pig flu (Asian, European, and American). It also caught the avian "bird" flu and was exposed to the human flu, too. The viruses combined genetic material from all 5 types of flu in the pig, creating the 2009 pandemic H1N1/09 "swine flu" influenza virus. A person caught it from the pig and then passed it to more people. Eventually, since it happened to be an easily transmitted flu virus from person to person, it spread to the entire world and was a true pandemic.

Can you get Swine Flu if you have Type A flu?

You could, but it is not very likely for a human to have more than one type of flu virus at the same time. Although not well understood yet, it is noted that many times there is a prevalent flu virus in a region, and for some reason, it seems to prevent another virus from getting a foothold at the same time. To be strictly correct in the answer to your question, the answer would really be yes...because Swine flu is also a Type A Influenza, so if you have Swine Flu, you have Type A flu. But there are many different Type A flu viruses, and as said above, usually a person gets one type or another, not both.

What date did the 2009 pandemic of Swine Flu start?

The World Health Organization declared Pandemic Phase 6 criteria had been met on June 11, 2009. . The Influenza A, Novel H1N1 "swine flu," was first detected in late March 2009. This new strain of virus has been tracked back to a child from La Gloria, a small village in Southern Mexico (where there was close proximity to hog farms) as the possible first infected individual.

How do Muslims feel about pig starting Swine Flu?

H1N1 is the version we have now and although they thought so in the beginning, hence the name swine flu, they now know it did not come from pigs. Their swine flu is not the same as this one. So Muslims should have no problem with it nor should Jews or vegetarians.

Have you had Swine Flu?

Yes, but only the medium dose of it. I was in bed for a week and a bit.

What to do when you have swine flu?

From what I've been able to gather reading various reports and blogs (most recently Dr. Sanjay Gupta's own run in with the virus) there's nothing much TO do. Swine flu is much like the regular flu in it symptoms and its remedies. Dr. Gupta for instance was only given Tylenol and fluids. That's it. But in 3-4 days he was right as rain. Others who comment on Dr. Gupta's blog entry said more or less the same thing. One woman and her daughter both contracted swine flu and after 3 days of bed rest and over the counter meds was fine. So when you get swine flu one should do the same thing you do when you catch the normal seasonal flu, unless of course you have a pre-existing condition that would make you particularly vulnerable to complications. But if you're an otherwise normally healthy individual I'd recommend chicken soup, a thick blanket and plenty of Nyquil.

Can you get Swine Flu from avain flu?

No you cant get it from avian flu directly, because swine flu is literally pig flu, so it originated from pigs, or so the name says. Same thing for avian flu, its, bird flu. S.o no, but you can get swine flu from birds, because flus can be carried from organisms to organisms. So, cutting it short, you can't get it from avian flu, but you can get it from a bird that has swine flu. A bit tedious but that's my answer.

If you are caring for your child that has swine flu do you have swine flu?

Just because your child has the swine flu, doesn't mean you do. Your child could get the swine flu even if you don't have it currently.

Can you get Swine Flu if you come in contact with someone who had Swine Flu?

Not if they are no longer infected. If you are in contact with them after they had the flu but it has been a full 24 hours since they last had a fever without taking fever-reducing medicine, then they should no longer be able to pass the flu virus to you.

Where did the Swine Flu really start?

Swine Flu started, as the name implies, with a flu virus in pigs. In this H1N1 case an avian (bird) flu component was also involved. The flu viruses do mingle and mutate and make the leap to humans and that's what happened with the H1N1 virus. Hard to tell which came first, the chicken or the pig, but anyway about it, the name Swine Flu has stuck.

What is a Swine Flu and bird flu?

They are viruses that cause influenza, a respiratory infection. Swine influenza (flu), also known as H1N1 (or another kind of swine flu is called H1N1/09 the pandemic swine flu), is called that because it originally was a type that was found as a disease of pigs (swine). Bird flu (Avian Flu) was originally a flu that only birds got. Now, through mutations of these viruses, we hear about them more because they can infect humans. Bird flu is an extremely rare disease in humans but it is an especially bad virus that kills 50% of the people who get it. Swine flu, the H1N1/09 type, is now a pandemic because it spreads very easily, but luckily the symptoms in most people are mild. There are still serious effects of it, and many people across the world have died from it. So, it is recommended that all who can should get a vaccination against it.

Do you have Swine Flu or regular flu?

There is no way to tell without lab tests since the symptoms are the same in most cases. But since the treatment is also the same, it usually isn't necessary to know which kind it is unless you require hospital care.

Is having Swine Flu as good as the Swine Flu vaccination?

If you actually had laboratory confirmation that you had the A-H1N1/09 influenza, then you would be as or better protected from that same virus from then on for life. The vaccination is proven in clinical trials to be approximately 90% effective in adults with healthy immune systems. One of the reasons the vaccines are is not 100% effective is that the strain of the virus that is chosen to be the one in the vaccine may not be as good a match for the exact strain you catch in the wild, since there can be slight mutations. However, the vaccination is proven safe and effective as any seasonal flu vaccines are, so if you are not sure 100% by laboratory testing that this is the flu you had, you should go ahead and get a vaccination. If you did have the same flu, there is no problem with having the vaccination too.

Can you catch the Swine Flu from a child who has had the Swine Flu mist?

The mist form of the H1N1/09 vaccine (or any intra-nasal flu vaccine) is made with "live" virus particles. They are weakened so that they can not make a person with an otherwise healthy immune system sick. If a person with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorder, or who is on medicines that affect their immune system responses (chemotherapy for cancer, etc.), comes in contact with the live virus by being in close proximity to the child or adult immediately following their vaccination with the mist form of vaccine, then it is possible that they could be infected if one of the particles of weakened virus is shed by the one vaccinated. The person who has a compromised immune system would and have no defenses against the virus. It is recommended that anyone who lives with or cares for a person who has an immune system disorder get the injectible form of vaccine, which is made with totally "dead" virus particles and can not impact even a person with immune system problems. See the related questions below for more information on this subject.

What do you have when you have the swine flu?

Swine flu is a strain of one of the Type A influenza viruses in the subtype of H1N1. When you have it, you have a viral infection in your lungs and respiratory system which is known as the flu (influenza). You can get symptoms with it that are as mild as a common cold or you can get very severe complications, like pneumonia, and need hospital care. H1N1/09 Swine Flu is slightly less severe in its current state than are the regular seasonal flu strains. This has been good news since it was rapidly spreading and quickly became a pandemic. It is easily spread person to person and epidemiologists are continuing to monitor it closely. Hopefully it will not have any further waves of spread, and we will see it die out as the flu season in the Northern Hemisphere comes to a close. See the related questions below for more information about swine flu and the discussion area for anecdotal information from those who had the flu.

How are the flu and Swine Flu alike?

There are some basic similarities between the common seasonal flu and H1N1/09 "swine flu". Each type has similar symptoms in humans such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and headaches. They are both viral infections. See the related questions below for more information.

How do you no i have Swine Flu?

Because if you do then you'll have a cough, running nose, headache, sour throat, high temperature (when its freezing cold)

Do you need a Swine Flu shot if you have had Swine Flu?

Every exposure to a flu virus will provide lifetime immunity against that exact type of flu in an otherwise healthy person, and so does exposure to the virus in the swine flu shot. However, a virus can mutate (change), even over a matter of weeks. It is possible, then, to get that new form of the flu, but it is not exactly the same flu. Sometimes if the virus mutated into a form that is not too different from the original one that gave you immunity, your prior exposure will still protect you. If you aren't 100% sure that the type of flu you had was the same strain of flu that is in the flu vaccine (from having had lab tests to type the virus that caused your flu infection), then it is best to get the vaccination anyway. It won't hurt to have another dose, and it may protect you against a slightly different form. In the 2010-2011 flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, the US annual seasonal flu vaccine contains the swine flu vaccine. So it is not necessary this year to get a separate shot for the swine flu like in the 2009 pandemic.

What type of reaction first starts when you get the Swine Flu?

Usually the first reaction of the body to an invading microbe is an immune response. The symptoms of the swine flu begin with upper respiratory system responses to the virus invading the cells of the respiratory tract and include scratchy throat, cough, sneezing, and runny nose. For the full list of symptoms and more information, see the related questions below.

Who get the swine flu?

Most people who are not vaccinated against the swine flu or who have not had the swine flu will get it if exposed to it. Those who have had the vaccines will be immune.

Did Mexicans start the Swine Flu?

See the related questions below about what caused the H1N1/09 Pandemic Swine Flu, where it started and who had the first cases. It is believed that the very first case may have been at a pig farm in the US and then it moved to people in Mexico, but that is not yet proven.

Does the Swine Flu vaccination stop you getting Swine Flu?

Yes, that is what vaccinations do. They help your immune system learn how to fight off the disease before you get it. After a vaccination, your body has developed those specific germ fighting cells and has them ready and waiting to kick germ butt. See the related questions below for more information on how vaccinations work.

What part of Africa did the Swine Flu start?

Swine flu began in China. Pigs (swine ) live with humans thus "swine" flu mutated and transferred to humans.

Will the Swine Flu start again?

So far, it never really has ended. The pandemic has ended, but there are still isolated outbreaks around the world among those who have not been vaccinated or who have not been ill with the infection itself. It will likely continue to be among the usual seasonal flu types circulating in flu season from time to time. For the past few years since the 2009 pandemic, the vaccine against H1N1/09 swine flu has been among those in the annual flu vaccinations in the US, so as more and more people are vaccinated, there will be fewer and fewer cases, but it is doubtful it will ever be eliminated entirely. It may, however, mutate to a new form that is less contagious and less easily spread eventually.