Swine Flu is generally found in pigs. The possibility of passing it to Humans is very rare. People who work with pigs are the ones prone to getting this virus. Also transmission of this virus from human to human is very rare. But the virus H1N1 is known to have caused more than 150 deaths and WHO (World Health Organization) has declared it a pandemic. In order to develop an effective vaccination for this virus, proper research has to be done on how it was transmitted to human.
Some rumors are that in a factory farm, run by a subsidiary of the global food giant Smithfield Foods, suspicious fumes were found from pig manure and flies. Smithfield foods says there is no connection between this and swine flu.
China also denied that dead pigs found in its South Eastern province can be a cause of Swine Flu.
The discussion going around the world is that how likely is that the Al Qaeda has its hand in the Swine Flu outbreak? Does Al Qaeda possess the technology of making bio weapon?
You don’t need to have a big infrastructure to make a bio weapon. It is one of the most dangerous kind of weapons, as it doesn't leave behind any form of life. Also, it is very easy to deliver this weapon, for example smuggling or posting the infection-causing powder in an envelop to the targeted person. Unlike Nuclear or Conventional weapons, the effect of a bio weapon is not confined to some region. Slowly slowly it spreads to many other places through transmission.
Precautions to be taken
- If fever is 100.5F or higher, call the doctor immediately and drink fluids. Stay well hydrated and get a diagnosis and treatment for whatever is causing your fever.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue paper while sneezing or coughing and then throw it in the dust bin. If a tissue is not available try to sneeze in a corner so you will prevent germs from flying.
- Wash hands properly with Soap Water or disinfectant.
- Avoid people who have fever, cough, or sneezing, or complain of any flu-like symptoms.
- If you feel like you are developing flu symptoms, don't wait to see if it will just go away. Call your doctor or nurse practitioner and ask for advice or an appointment.
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