Swine Flu / Influenza

Swine Flu / Influenza is a respiratory tract disease in pigs, because of the influenza virus type A. Flu virus that is causing pain in the heavy pig, but his death numbers are low. Virus (type A H1N1 virus) in the first isolation from pigs in 1930.


Like all influenza viruses, swine flu viruses constantly change. Pigs can be infected with avian influenza virus (bird flu virus) and the human flu virus. If this attack various swine virus, the virus will be able to form a new virus spesien, which is a combination of avian viruses, human and swine. Until this has been successful in the quarantine of 4 sub-type A: H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H3N1. H1N1 is a new type of virus that recently found in the pigs.

Swine flu virus normally does not actually infected with the human. However, the existence of sporadic infections are reported this virus in humans, as happened in the U.S. and mexico. Often people who are exposed to people who work on the farm / industry related to the pigs. Also reported the existence of the spread between humans.

CDC reports first receive only 1-2 cases of flu this every 1 to 2 years. but since December 2005 until February 2009, 12 cases have been reported. Even in April 2009 reported the incident occurred outside the normal (break out).

Swine flu symptoms in humans similar to the symptoms of the human form of influenza virus: fever, body stiff, weak, loss of appetite, and cough. Some of the affected patients complained about the swine flu runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Swine influenza virus is not transmitted through food. Cooking food until the temperature of 160 ° F will kill this virus. Influenza virus could spread from pigs to humans or vice versa. Infection in humans occurs mainly if it is close to the infected pigs, such as in a piggery etc.. Infection from human to human also can terjad, similar to human flu sperti, namely through sneezing or coughing. Can also touch the hands and the hands are touching the mouth or nose.

To diagnose an infection of swine influenza, required the collection of specimens of breath in the channel the first 4-5 days. Specimens are then examined in the laboratory.

There are 4 types of antiviral drugs circulating in the U.S. to treat influenza: amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir san zanamivir. In general, swine influenza virus is still susceptible to this drug. But the results of virus isolation from human swine was found resistant to amantadine and rimantadine. So when this drug is recommended to treat and prevent swine influenza is oseltamivir or zanamivir.



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