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Pork safe to eat despite swine flu concern

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. nutrition specialist says shoppers should not refrain from buying pork products because of the current swine flu outbreak.

Swine flu not linked with today's pigs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 28 (UPI) -- A Purdue University veterinarian says flu viruses are named for the first animal in which they are found; the current swine flu was discovered in pigs in 1930.

Swine flu fear invades Twitter

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The swine flu outbreak is showing the best and worst of Twitter, the highly popular micro-blogging site, Internet experts said.

FDA issues emergency swine flu orders

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has issued emergency orders making diagnostic tools and certain drugs available to fight the swine flu outbreak.
Key posts vacant as U.S. battles swine flu

Key posts vacant as U.S. battles swine flu

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Key U.S. federal health and emergency response jobs remain vacant as the Obama administration addresses its response to the global spread of swine flu.
Swine flu: Hospital hygiene critical

Swine flu: Hospital hygiene critical

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Rigorous infection control in hospitals may be key to limiting deaths from swine flu in the United States, a non-profit group official says.
WHO raises warning to Level 4

WHO raises warning to Level 4

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization Monday elevated its international pandemic alert one step to Phase 4 in response to the swine flu outbreak.

Officials unaware of outbreak before trip

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Mexican officials did not warn U.S. officials about the swine flu breakout before President Barack Obama's visit in early April, the White House said.

CDC: Practice good respiratory etiquette

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) -- A federal health official said good respiratory etiquette is an effective way to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Aide: Officials want more flu awareness

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. officials are trying to raise public awareness about the swine flu outbreak without raising undue alarm, a White House spokesman said Monday.
U.S. braces for swine flu pandemic

U.S. braces for swine flu pandemic

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has declared a state of emergency because of the swine flu that has now killed more than 100 people in Mexico.
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Swine flu prompts 'Wolverine' cancellation

Swine flu prompts 'Wolverine' cancellation

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (UPI) -- Twentieth Century Fox announced Monday that the Mexico City premiere of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has been postponed due to the swine flu outbreak.

Oil prices fall on swine flu outbreak

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices fell on the New York Mercantile Exchange Monday as commodities were undermined by an outbreak of the swine flu.

U.S. swine flu detected via pandemic test

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) -- The first case of U.S. swine flu was identified in San Diego as part of a study of pandemic preparedness, a federal health official said.

Grain prices fall Monday

CHICAGO, April 27 (UPI) -- Grains closed lower on the Chicago Board of Trade Monday with fears of a swine flu pandemic and reductions in international trade undermining commodities.
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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius talks to children during an H1N1 Flu immunization clinic for students at Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia on January 7, 2010. The virus is currently hitting hardest in Virginia, but the vaccine has now become widely available. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a subtype of influenza A virus and was the most common cause of human influenza (flu) in 2009. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a small fraction of all seasonal influenza. H1N1 strains caused a few percent of all human flu infections in 2004–2005. Other strains of H1N1 are endemic in pigs (swine influenza) and in birds (avian influenza).

In June 2009, the World Health Organization declared the new strain of swine-origin H1N1 as a pandemic. This strain is often called swine flu by the public media. This novel virus spread worldwide and had caused about 17,000 deaths by the start of 2010.

Swine influenza (also called swine flu, hog flu, or pig flu) is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "H1N1."
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