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Animal Love can be Dangerous – Swine Flue

Posted on: June 3, 2009

For All animal lovers, Animal love can be dangerous- especially if you are in love with Swine!

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Think twice before you kiss any swine – it might cause swine flue!!

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Swine flu spreads in the same way as ordinary colds and flu.

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Swine influenza does not normally infect humans, although this occasionally does occur – usually in people who have had close contact with pigs.

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Swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs.

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Pity the poor pig. The otherwise estimable mammal has never had a very good rep — something about the mud, the snout, the oink. Now add the flu.

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When bird flu viruses replicate in pigs, they pick up the viral machinery that gives more selective flu strains the power to spread to other mammals, like us. That’s what makes pigs such potent mixing bowls for flu.

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Avian flu that is passed through the pig’s mammalian system, however, can be passed readily among humans.

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Pigs that carry influenza tend not to die en masse the way flocks of birds do, eliminating the immediate tip-off that a serious pathogen is at large.

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