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
, it seems as though it is more than just media hype.
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.
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
One of the reasons that the H1N1 virus has received so much