WHAT IS SWINE FLU?
Swine flu popularly known for influenza (flu) is a highly contagious and pandemic respiratory disease caused by a relatively new strain of influenza virus. It was first observed in Mexico in the year 2009 swine flu due to infection with the H1N1 virus. The disease is common in pigs and sometimes can be transmitted to humans which lead to Human flu.
CAUSES OF SWINE FLU:
- Swine flu is caused by a virus known as H1N1 virus and its subtypes.
- The disease is highly contagious and transmitted from person to person through direct contact and indirect contact.
- The virus enters your body when you inhale contaminated droplets or from a contaminated surface to your eyes, nose or mouth.
- The virus can also rest on hard surfaces like doorknobs, ATM buttons, and counters. A person who touches these surfaces with their hands and then touches their eyes, mouth, or nose can become infected with the virus.
- Disease spreads very quickly among the population especially in crowded places.
- People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection.