Swine Flu (H1N1): The Latest WHO Update

The world has been on greatest fear when this deadly respiratory disease has dominated to more than 170 countries around the world. It has been called Swine Flu basically because it came from pigs. However, the pigs were not the main source, the pigs actually acquired form human beings also or some other unknown sources.

By 1990’s the virus has developed string strains and has become more diverse. By the year 2009, there has been an outbreak of the disease in the months of March and April. It was first reported in Mexico then by the month of October 46 U.S. states were reporting widespread outbreaks. By late October, the virus had been confirmed to have caused more than 1,000 deaths in the U.S., with almost 100 of the deaths in children. Oct. 25, 2009, President Obama declared a national emergency as a result of the outbreak.

Based on the latest World Health Organization (WHO) figure, the global number of swine flu deaths has jumped by more than 1,000 in a week. At least 7,826 people are now known to have died because of the disease.

WHO has been warning all countries to continue on tracking the virus and report as honestly as they could. This is because the answer to fully stop the disease is still very uncertain. This kind of disease is likely to have a lot of mutation and most often, as it mutates it becomes stronger and more deadly. We should be all working together to fight this disease. We should be keeping on track in as much as we keep track on our favorite sports programs.

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