Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pigs originally got H1N1 flu bug from humans

During the 1918 influenza pandemic, humans originally past the vicious H1N1 flu bug to pigs. (Scientific American) Since then, humans have gotten it back, but "rarely does it make its way from person to person." That's what makes the current outbreak such a concern.

What's also interesting is the new flu "has elements of pig, bird and human flu viruses in it."

Wondering why this bug is hitting young people hardest? "Older people are more likely [than younger people] to have experienced H1N1 viruses in the past."

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