The swine flu virus is rapidly spreading across the United States. Already ten states have been taken hostage by H1N1, the medical name given to swine flu. The unsanitary conditions of the pigs as well as the unhealthy state of human beings combine to make a person vulnerable to the deadly disease.
Over ten states have been caught in the turmoil of swine flu. They are mostly concentrated in the northeastern and southern regions of the United States. And as flu season is upon us, this killer flu virus is on the rampage once again.
"That may change, but right now most of the flu is H1N1," said Dr. Michael Young, a medical officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division. "It's the same H1N1 we have been seeing the past couple of years and that we really started to see in 2009 during the pandemic."
The first time it appeared on the scene historically was in 1919. And it caused havoc with the death toll which resulted from its effects. If swine flu is not contained right now, it might spread to the rest of the world and end in millions of deaths. There was a global epidemic in 2009 and now it is back with a vengeance.
"This year, because it's an H1N1 season so far, we are seeing more infections in younger adults," Young said. "And some of these folks have underlying conditions that put them at risk for hospitalization or death. This may be surprising to some folks, because they forget the population that H1N1 hits."
The flu is increasing its influence on a daily basis. And the sad news is that it hasn’t even reached its apogee. It began originally amidst extremely unhygienic conditions in factory farms. Pigs were kept in close quarters to each other and in the filthiest environs. This was obviously a breeding ground for the disease.
The characteristic cough that started among the swine kept in quarantine was the beginning of H1N1. The precautions are to eat reliable pork products and begin a nutritionally healthy diet regimen. And by staying clean and at home a person may avoid contracting the disease.