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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:04 PM
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16. No cause for hysteria.
Edited on Sat Apr-25-09 08:05 PM by Avalux
What we know so far is that the confirmed cases in the US are the same strain of H1N1 influenza A as those in Mexico. This is a unique swine influenza A, with components of human and avian influenza A; so we haven't seen it before. It appears to be spread easily from human to human and most curious - is infecting healthy young people (unlike human flu which is worse for those with weaker immune systems).

What we don't know is HOW this virus came to infect humans, the extent of the infection rate (this is evolving) and the mortality rate. Sorting all of this out could take some time.

We just have to wait and see what happens.
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