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H1N1 Virus in China

H1N1 Virus in China - Matt Le Global Perspectives Gen Ed...

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Matt Le Global Perspectives, Gen Ed – 140 Dr. Peter Wagner H1N1 Virus in China After learning its lesson from the 2002 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pandemic, China has taken a very cautionary approach in dealing with the current H1N1 virus outbreak. Schools were immediately shut down after the slightest sign of H1N1 symptoms, large groups were quarantined if anyone was suspected of being infected, and vaccines were quickly developed. China was the only nation to take such stringent measures in dealing with the virus, and now World Health Organization officials have said that the measures taken have helped slow the spread of the virus in China and throughout the world. Over the past few months many people have questioned the severity of the H1N1 virus, saying that it is most likely media hype trying to get attention, but with the number of confirmed cases approaching 60,000 and deaths and hospitalizations increasing 1 , it seems as though it is more than just media hype. China realized this at an early stage and took proactive measures in slowing the spread of the virus, which in turn has helped and will continue to help the worldwide spread. Last spring the first few cases of the H1N1 virus were detected. The virus contains genes from pigs, birds, and humans. Symptoms of the H1N1 virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. There are certain risk factors that may put people at a higher risk for hospitalization or death if infected by the H1N1 virus such as pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and asthma 2 . One of the reasons that the H1N1 virus has received so much
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attention over the past couple of months is because it is a new mutated form of the virus that doctors and researchers are not familiar with. Not until recently have vaccines been developed which allowed the virus to spread. Despite the fact that it took months to develop vaccines against the virus, normal antiviral drugs have been effective. The fact that China has taken such aggressive steps to mitigate the spread of the
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