This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: Jennifer Romero 12-7-09 Bio 2 8:00-9:20 Home Work Assignment 4 The Swine F lu There is a lot of controversy regarding the swine flu. I t’s all over the news. The swine flu has been argued to be nothing more than a mild flu. So far the data does suggest that most people only have mild symptoms. The news hype seems to be more driven by the unusual nature of the h1n1 virus than the severity. The swine flu was first detected in March of 2009, at the end of the normal flu season. Seasonal flu usually is most prevalent during the winter months. The seasonal flu usually kills the very old, the very young, and the very sick; such as people with aids or other immune compromising conditions. With the swine flu there have been an unexpected number of deaths in “healthy” adults. Not that it has killed as many as the seasonal flu, just at unusual ages and health conditions. The swine flu is a mutated influenza strain that contains not only swine flu but also bird flu. Therefore it is a hybrid of human, bird and swine flu viruses. This fact alone has created tons of news attention. The seasonal flu kills close to 40,000 people in the United States every year. As of November 25, 2009 there have been 8,568 confirmed h1n1 deaths worldwide. As you can see, more people have died in the U.S. from the seasonal flu in one year than have died from h1n1 so far in the entire world....
View Full Document
This document was uploaded on 05/16/2011.
- Spring '11