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H1N1 Swine flu goes hog wild throughout US and Canada

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The same strand of H1N1 Swine flu virus which reached pandemic proportions in 2009, has already sickened more than 1,000 people in Alberta, Canada, killing 5 and sending almost one third of the remaining patients to the hospital. In addition, Canadian health officials report that the virus is already spreading to other regions, including Ontario.

In the meantime,the CDC reports that the disease has been diagnosed in 26 states including :Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state and Wyoming, as well as Michigan, where “about a dozen adults and children, all of whom were previously healthy,have been on life support at the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals .” The Michigan Department of Health also stated that three adults and an infant have died because of the virus.,

“These deaths are among previously healthy individuals. This is not the group that the public usually thinks about as being susceptible to serious illness with influenza,” said Dr. Matt Davis, chief medical executive for the state health department and a U-M professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of internal medicine.

It was also noted that those who are the sickest (many of whom have been put on ventilators because they could not breathe on their own) failed to get flu shots this year, as a result, the CDC is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Note: Common symptoms of Swine flu are similar to those of other flu strains such as fever, sore throat, cough, chills, fatigue, body aches, headaches, diarrhea and vomiting, generally beginning within three days of exposure and continuing for 8 days.

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