You may have heard that the United States government has declared a “state of emergency” because of an outbreak of the swine flu. So what is swine flu all about and why is it a public health emergency?
Swine flu is a virus that originates in pigs. It causes them to have respiratory symptoms similar to when a person gets the flu. Normally, the virus spreads from pig to pig, but NOT to humans. In the past, there were rare cases of people “catching” swine flu, but, in most of these cases, the people had contact with sick pigs. read more »