What is swine flu?
Swine influenza or swine flu is a respiratory disease found in pigs and is caused by the type A influenza virus.
It is rare for swine flu to spread to humans and usually requires direct contact between a human and an infected pig and is then spread from human to human.
Where has swine flu spread?
Swine flu is spread through direct person-to-person contact when someone sneezes or coughs on another person or when something is containing the virus is touched.
Allegedly originating in Mexico, swine flu has reportedly already spread to the US, Canada and Spain with suspected
Although uncomplicated influenza-like illness (fever, cough or sore throat) has been reported in many cases, mild respiratory illness (nasal congestion, rhinorrhea) without fever and occasional severe disease also has been reported. Other symptoms reported with swine influenza A virus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, headache, chills, fatigue, and dyspnea. Conjunctivitis is rare, but has been reported. Severe disease (pneumonia, respiratory failure) and fatal outcomes have been reported with swine influenza A virus infection. ...more