What Is Swine Flu?

H1N1 (referred to as ���Swine Flu���) is a new influenza (flu) virus. The virus was first detected in the U.S. in April 2009. It is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization���s (WHO) Web Site noted that a pandemic of H1N1 flu was underway. In a pandemic, 30 to 40% of the population is infected.

The virus is referred to as ���swine flu��� because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America. Further study shows that it is different as it has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia, bird (avian) genes, and human genes. Scientists call this a "quadruple reassortant" virus.

The Swine Flu virus is highly transmissible and transmission generally occurs from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Touching something with a flu virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose may also cause infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO, and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are all urging Americans to do all they can to protect themselves including:

HealthPro Nutrient further recommends building a healthy immune system as a proactive measure by using high-quality vitamins and minerals, such as those found in Cell Balance and Cell Design.

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