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On 18th March, 2009 first case of swine flu attack started appearing in Mexico City. Although, the cases of swine flu had already presented themselves before March of this year, but the cases was relatively atypical and not-so-intense kind of flu. Actually, only 12 cases of swine flu were there between December 2005 and February 2009.

Swine flu that has started appearing in Mexico City in March 2009 is commonly known as H1N1 strain that passes from man to man easily and quickly. Up to April 27, H1N1 type of swine flu has developed from some isolated cases to 26 verified cases of swine flu death as well as about 1,995 suspected swine flu cases. Not only in Mexico City, increasing number of confirmed swine flu cases are appearing throughout the world, included of the U.S., Scotland, Canada and Spain. Besides, number of suspected cases of the swine flu is right now well into thousands across the world and it causes such a widespread panic that Dow Jones Industrial Average also got down.

As a result of increasing panic throughout the United States, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) referred a suspension on unnecessary travel to Mexico “out of abundance of caution”. CDC instruction stems from the reality that the flu vaccinations given earlier in this year probably don't provide protection against the swine flu. It may require about five months prior to CDC gets a swine flu vaccination prepared and by that time the swine flu cases may increase exponentially.

Comparison to Other Type of Flu Outbreaks

Swine flu is the most recent flu scare that has cropped up in news. Notorious outbreaks are including of deadly avian flu, known as H5N1 strain, outbreak that initially appeared in the year of 1997 and most eminent SARS epidemic in 2003. Below is a list of prominent flu epidemics in the recent history:

  • Avian Flu has already killed about 248 people. Although, it has killed almost 61% of the people came in contact with the virus, but it seems that Avian Flu does not pass from man to man.
  • SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is spread easily. And, it is tremendously virulent. The most lethal outbreak of SARS occurred in 2003. Almost 300 people were died and 1756 got SARS infection that represented 17% mortality rate.
  • Great Spanish Influenza was the deadliest type of influenza of the last century. It was much like swine flu. Spanish Influenza had a mortality rate of 2.5%. Instead of that, it killed millions of people because of its rapid spread and widespread prevalence.

How fatal is H1N1 strain Swine Flu?

It is still unknown that how dangerous H1N1 strain of swine flu is, but it seems that it is not as fatal as SARS or avian flu. But, it is especially fatal to healthy and young people, because of their strong immune system that overacts to H1N1 virus and as a result of which serious complications arise.

Symptoms of Swine Flu

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Treatment for Swine Flu - Have you any health insurance?

The treatment for swine flu is similar to other types of typical flu treatment. You should visit a hospital if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Without health insurance, the cost for treatment could be much high especially if you're hospitalized for a long period. So, it is better to purchase individual health insurance policy to fight against swine flu.

Get Prepared for Swine Flu Epidemic

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