Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yeah.. more swine flu...

The media is saturated with it. Luckily, (I am not) here's more!

One mystery is why the virus seems to cause more severe symptoms in young people: U.S. health officials say the median age of people hospitalized with swine flu is 15 years old. Researchers say that could be a troubling sign that young and healthy people are more vulnerable to the virus–but in a contradictory finding, researchers have also found that many of the people who have died from swine flu had preexisting health problems. One possible explanation, says Ferguson, is that flu viruses that resemble the current swine flu virus may be commonly seen in normal seasonal flu epidemics. Adults are more likely to have encountered those viruses and developed immunity to them, and it may be that in some cases this immunity is enough to provide protection against swine flu [Nature News].


It is impossible to know from the available data where geographically the 2009 H1N1 virus came from, but with more samples, researchers may be able to decipher more clues, he (Raul Rabadan) said. Just from looking at the genetic code, it is unknown what species is the virus' host, how easily it is transmitted and how deadly it is.

meh... just wanted to know what the fuck this shit is...

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