H1N1 origins

The origins of a pandemic

Where did the first outbreak of H1N1 occur?

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The h1n1 was declared as officially eliminated from the world in August 2010. However, the swine flu was a mutation of the H5N1 virus known as the aviary flu, which was a modification of the Spanish flu virus that killed 30 millions people at the beginning of the century. Therefore, we can always expect a new pandemic outbreak any time. The worrying fact about h1n1 was the speed of spreading that was superior to the speed of spreading of the aviary flu. It seems like the swine flu was the most powerful virus with a pandemic component, and the way this virus was transmitted all over the world is more than worrying. The disease is caused by a mutable virus called h1n1, with at least three different genomes.

What is the difference between the pandemic diseases?

Generally, humans are resistant to this virus. The pigs or other animals can catch the disease and they can give it to humans. However, consuming meat infested with h1n1 is not dangerous, as the virus dies at temperatures of more than 50 degrees Celsius. However, the swine flu can suffer mutations in humans, resulting in a more powerful virus with a pandemic characteristic.

The origins of h1n1

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The first outbreak of a resembling virus was recorded in 1918, and it was called the Spanish flu, although the disease killed 30 million people all around Europe, not only in Spain. It is believed that the swine flu was a virus developed on this pandemic base in the US laboratories that wanted to create a biological weapon. It is true, small areas of the world were always affected by h1n1 in different stages of the modern history, but maybe the swine flu was “planted” in the respective areas just to observe its effects, resulting in a worldwide experiment to test the virus as a mass method to reduce the population of the world. However, those are only the statements of people sustaining the Conspiracy Theory, and as long as it can’t be proven, those are only suppositions. What we know for sure is that all the pandemic diseases have about the same behavior.

Another outburst of h1n1 was recorded in the United States in 1976, but the authorities managed to get rid of this swine flu fast. Massive vaccination campaigns annihilated the pandemic virus in record time, but there are still voices claiming that the virus was also an experiment. Since then, the USA government introduced the mandatory vaccination against h1n1 for the whole population, resulting in deaths of children and old persons, some people claiming that the vaccine was more dangerous than the swine flu itself.

Modern era of the virus

The next epidemic periods of pandemic viruses were recorded in 1988 and 2007, affecting people in Africa and a small part of Europe. The number of deaths was smaller than 50 000, and we are talking only about people that had no access to basic medical services.

ONU recommends all the farmers to be prepared to recognize the h1n1 and to take the necessary measurements. The animals suffering from swine flu must be sacrificed and the animals must be burned in order to eliminate the virus completely. The signs of any pandemic disease are obvious: the animal has fever, it is lethargic, losing weight and appetite.

The h1n1 in 2010

The swine flu returned more powerful in 2010, with hundreds of cases all over the world appearing in a few weeks. However, the new virus returned with some new surprises, and this time, its resistance and capacity to adapt were astonishing. It is in fact the most powerful pandemic virus ever known, and only the modern methods of prevention and treatment limited the potential ravaging actions of this virus.

Myths about the h1n1

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It seems like the swine flu is not a new virus. In antiquity, a pandemic disease was recorded in Athens during the years 430 – 427 BC, halving the population of the city. It seems like the Antonian flu that was recorded in 250 BC in Rome was brought to the city by a huge mass of pigs from Germany.

The future of h1n1

The swine flu is just another virus with a pandemic component, and whether we like it or not, the future will surely bring new kinds of pandemic diseases to the world. It is important for the world to be prepared, and for us to understand what this disease is about.

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