|Swine Flu Alert - Time to Worry? What is it?|
~ The Nations Best Known herbalist Tells the story...
| May 5, 2009 |
What We Know:
There has been an outbreak of influenza. It seems to have started in Mexico and has spread to Texas, California, New York and other states. It has also spread to Canada and other parts of the world.
At this time there is no real need to panic, unless you want to sell newspapers or drugs, but it is important to be cautious. We should all intensify our health safety protocols as if it was October and influenza season was just starting, not May and influenza season ending.
I will outline my Health Safety Protocols at the end of this report, but first, let me give you a little information.
What is the Swine Flu?
viral disease of pigs.infects both humans and animals. The two main animal viruses are the , which affects birds, and the Swine Flu (officially called SIV, or Swine Influenza Virus) that is a respiratory
Occasionally humans get both of these viruses, but usually only a very few people get infected and usually these people have had direct contact with the sick animals. It is not normal, and very difficult, for these animal viruses to spread from human-to-human.
When they do, as it is suspected now, it can be dangerous. In the past when this happens, and an animal virus starts spreading from human-to-human (and does this easily), it usually also dies out quickly. But, on rare occasions, it can cause a , which is a widespread, worldwide epidemic, making millions sick and killing millions more. Notably, this happened in the 1890's with the Russian Flu, the most famous being the Spanish Flu of 1918 that killed about 100 million people on the planet (killing more people than the Black Death of Europe in the 1300's), and the Hong Kong Flu of 1957 that almost killed me.
This current Swine Influenza outbreak may actually not even be a Swine Flu virus at all. It is suspected that it may be caused by a new strain of Influenza type A, subtype H1N1, and also a blend of an avian (Bird Flu) and possibly a few strains of Swine Influenza Virus all mixed together in a dangerous and potentially lethal new viral cocktail. But, identifying viruses, especially rapidly, is not an exact science.
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