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If you spent your 2009 spring break vacation in Mexico, you might have brought the swine flu back with you. In fact, eight students who attend St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York did get the swine flu after spending spring break in Cancun, Mexico, and by last Friday, this nearly-pandemic disease had already been transmitted to 100 other students!
What is the Swine Flu?
The new strain of swine flu is very different from the old swine flu. Swine flu was a disease that normally effected pigs. In the past, humans did not usually become infected by it. Now, however, this new strain is easily transferred from person-to-person. About 150 people are estimated to have died from it in Mexico.
Because of its easy transmission, the new swine flu is especially dangerous in universities and colleges. As we have seen from the 2009 outbreak in St. Francis Preparatory School, the disease, if not recognized quickly, can easily infect many people in a short time. In addition, this flu is more dangerous to college and university students than most other diseases. During normal disease outbreaks, the very young and the very old are infected by disease while strong, healthy college students are the least in danger. With the swine flu, however, young, health adults are more likely to be infected. In Mexico, where the epidemic has hit the hardest, young, healthy adults died more than people of other ages. For these two reasons, college students should be especially wary of the swine flu.
What Are The Symptoms?
Many of the swine flu symptoms are surprisingly similar to those of the common flu. Here is a quick list of possible swine flu symptoms in alphabetical order:
- Body Aches
- Lack of Appetite
- Sour Throat
- Possibly Others
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your school nurse or doctor immediately! [Note: This list is adapted from a Mercury News article (article not available). ]
For More Information
Here are some locations where you can get more information about this dangerous flu.
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What do you think about the swine flu?