Swine Flu Research Paper

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“English Sweat,” “Grippe,” “Influenza,” and “Swine Flu” are some of the common names that stand for the flu. It had been recorded way back into Ancient Greek History by a father of medicine, Hippocrates, who wrote down in his journal, the flu-like symptoms, which appeared in patients. Back then and today scientists cannot completely get rid of the flu. This type of virus can survive under extremely cold temperature. Kelly (2011) said, “Scientists have discovered viruses frozen in the ice of Siberian lakes that caused flu outbreaks in 1930’s and 1960’s” (p. 19). This small virus is able to spread rapidly, and it can infect anyone. Many people will have mild symptoms, but if this virus infects people of high risk, which include: pregnant women, …show more content…
26). It “belongs to the family of viruses known as Orthomyxoviridae” (Kelly & Wilson, 2011, p. 21). This virus mainly spreads from person to person if the airborne droplets that contain the virus, such as through sneeze or a cough, enter the mouth or nose. As a result, it infects the respiratory system, which includes the nose, throat, and lungs. According to Kelly and Wilson (2011), the person will “feel sick suddenly without any warning” (p.15). One can differentiate flu from a common cold through some of the common flu symptoms, which include high fever (102 F-104 F) that lasts for 3-4 days, severe head ache and body ache, dry cough, and sore throat (Lim & Mahmood, 2011, p.388). The more severe flu symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, the inflammation of heart tissue and rapid heart rate (Lim & Mahmood, 2011, p. 388). Kelly and Wilson (2011) added Bronchitis and pneumonia to the severe flu complications list (p. 27). For a cold, there is no fever, but the person will have milder symptoms such as a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and slight fatigue (Kelly & Wilson, 2011, p.

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