Monday, November 16, 2009

Swine Flu: are you worried? - Steps of Swine Flu




How do we know when Swine Flu attacks? Could it be the awful symptoms? Perhaps. But even then, you can’t really tell if someone, including yourself, has the H1N1 virus attacking the body. What does it look like? And what does it do to your immune system as it attacks?

Of course there are the flu symptoms including fever, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, coughing, lethargic activity, and a lack of appetite.

The H1N1 virus is said to include parts from swine, avian, and human flu strains. Making it harder to stop from spreading because no one has been exposed to all three before, leaving the human population with no previous resistance. (image 2)

First, The virus enters the body (image 3) and begins to attack the immune system. Then, unless your immune system can fight the virus off, you become ill, and feel the flu like symptoms because your body is trying to get rid of the virus.

If you would like to see an animation about the life of a flu virus I would recommend the animation at NPR.

If you feel you are experiencing signs of the H1N1 flu, please see a doctor, and take precautions against further spreading the disease.

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