According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide more than 213 countries and overseas territories or communities had confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 also known as “swine flu” in 2009, including at least 16,455 deaths. Right here at home in the United States from April 15, 2009 to July 24, 2009, states reported a total of 43,771 confirmed and probable cases of influenza H1N1 infection. Of these cases reported, 5,011 people were hospitalized and 302 people died. Right now you are probably wandering what is H1N1, where did it come from, what are the symptoms, and what can we do to protect ourselves from this infection.
I. Swine flu is an influenza virus from H1N1.
a. This virus originated from pigs in North America however the 2009 swine flu pandemic began in Veracruz, Mexico. b. The Mexican government closed most of Mexico City‘s public and private facilities in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. c. The virus continued to spread globally.
d. In June 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stopped counting cases and declared the outbreak to be a pandemic. II. The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the average seasonal flu. e. It causes fever, sore throat, cough, headache, tiredness, vomiting, ammonia and even death. f. Especially dangerous elderly people, pregnant woman and babies. III. It’s very important that we protect ourselves from swine flu. g. Wash your hands before and after contact with animals and sick people. h. Wash our hands regularly throughout the day
i. Carry around hand sanitizer
j. Vaccines flu shot
IV. The important aspect of my presentation is that swine flu an influenza virus from H1N1. The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu it can cause cough, headache.