Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What is Swine Flu (Influenza)? Why it is dangerous this time?

Swine influenza virus also popularly knows as SIV is a type A influenza virus. This virus comes under the family of RNA virus and Orthomyxoviruses. This virus mainly affects pig population and sometimes, it affects people and birds which come in the contact of infected pigs. The symptoms of this influenza also resemble with other general influenza cases like fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Numbers of subtypes of this influenza A virus are present across the world like H1N1, H3N2, and H1N2. Earlier, this virus was not knows to travel from human to human, however, present genetically modified and advanced version of H1N1 virus is found in Maxico and USA which is capable of transferring from one human to other. So far more than thousands of cases of this virus are reported from USA, Maxico, Canada and other parts of world, where main cause of spread of this influenza is transfer of virus from one human to other human.

Presently, doctors and scientists are not confirmed about the evolution theory of this new strain of HINI virus, though, some theories are suggesting role of migratory birds. This virus can be treated with antiviral drugs like oseltamivir and zanamivir, however, it is not showing any response to other antiviral drugs like amantadine and rimantadine. Already 149 people in Maxico have died from this virus and countries like Maxico and US have announced health emergency.

The main concern of all scientists and doctors is that this virus can easily take deadly look if no precautions are taken by the various governments immediately.

Also visit-Swine Flu symptoms and precautions
List of Govt Hospitals doing Swine Flu tests and treatment In India
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