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H1N1 (Swine Flu) & H5N1 (Avian "Bird" Flu)

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) and H5N1 (Avian Flu) are both types of flu viruses in circulation today.

About H1N1 (Swine Flu)

H1N1 is a new type of contagious, influenza virus that affected the health of many people in the United States and worldwide, emerging in the spring of 2009. Because of its ability to spread quickly from one person to another, H1N1 was declared a pandemic (Spring 2009 - August 2010). A standard characteristic of a pandemic is that it makes many people sick, attacking individuals' upper respiratory system. H1N1 did affect a lot of people. Despite the large numbers of people who were affected, however, this particular pandemic is generally considered a mild pandemic because of lower rates of illness and death. Nevertheless, future pandemics have the possibility of being much more severe. More information on H1N1 can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

About H5N1 (Avian "Bird" Flu)

H5N1 is another type of influenza virus, naturally occurring among birds. Currently, H5N1 is more widespread among bird populations, especially in parts of Asia and some areas of Africa and Europe. In instances where people are exposed to this type of avian flu, it causes death in over 50% of human cases. Despite this high fatality rate, H5N1 does not yet exhibit an ability to spread quickly from person to person. Most of H5N1 human cases result from direct exposure from H5N1-infected birds. Health officials continue to monitor H5N1closely. More information on H5N1 can be accessed below.



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