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        <p><strong>Swine Influenza</strong> (swine flu) is a respiratory
disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes
outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of
illness and low death rates in pigs. Swine influenza viruses may
circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur
during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans.
The classical swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first
isolated from a pig in 1930.</p> <p>Like all influenza viruses, swine flu
viruses change constantly. Pigs can be infected by avian influenza and
human influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. When
influenza viruses from different species infect pigs, the viruses can
reassort (i.e. swap genes) and new viruses that are a mix of swine, human
and/or avian influenza viruses can emerge. Over the years, different
variations of swine flu viruses have emerged. At this time, there are
four main influenza type A virus subtypes that have been isolated in
pigs: H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H3N1. However, most of the recently isolated
influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.</p> <p>Â <strong>The
Dangers of Swine Flu <strong>and Bird Flu</strong></strong></p>
<p><strong>How to Protect Yourself, Family or Business</strong></p>
<p>Presently there is a swine flu epidemic that originated in Mexico and
is quickly traveling throughout the world. The virus is known as swine
influenza A (H1N1).The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow
internationally.</p> <p>In response to the intensifying outbreak, the
World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to
Phase 5. A Phase 4 alert is characterized by confirmed person-to-person
spread of a new influenza virus able to cause “community-level―
outbreaks. Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus
into at least two countries in one WHO region. The declaration of Phase 5
is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to
finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the
planned mitigation measures is short. This would be the world's first flu
pandemic since 1968.</p> <p><strong>There is no Vaccine</strong></p>
<p>According to officials it could take six months or more to produce a
vaccine. Even then, quantities will be limited. Initial supplies will be
designated for health professionals, first responders and the
military.</p> <p>The H5N1 bird flu virus is a highly contagious deadly
virusand is carried by birds and other animals. When contracted it often
causes rapid and sudden death. So far over 400 people have contracted it
and over 60 percent of them have died. It is spreading throughout Africa,
Asia and Europe. On March 9, 2006, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff estimated migratory birds could carry the avian flu
virus through Canada and to U.S. shores within several months.</p>
<p>There is now a fear that the H1N1 virus, which spreads rapidly and
easily, may combine with the highly leathal H5N1 bird flu virus, and
mutate into a highly contagious and deadly pandemic flu.</p> <p>The CDC
activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the agency's
response to this emerging health threat and on April 26th 2009 the
Secretary of the Department Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared
a public health emergency in the United States.</p> <p>Typical of a new
virus, such as the H1N1 swine flu, there is virtually no immunity to it
and no vaccine<strong>. </strong>The alarming part about the H5N1 avian
flu is that it kills the majority of people that get it, including young
healthy people with strong immune systems, whereas normal seasonal
influenza causes only mild respiratory symptoms in most people.</p>
<p><strong>Human-to-Human Spread of both the H1N1 Swine Flu and<br>the
H5N1 Bird Flu Virus Has Already Occurred</strong></p> <p>Swine flu is
spreading at an alarming rate. According to The World Health
Organization, the current outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza
are the largest and most severe on record. The virus has already mutated
with limited person-to-person spread occurring in Indonesia. Health
experts fear that as in past pandemics, it will mutate further, into a
virus that is easily spread from person-to-person, becoming a deadly
human pandemic with millions dying. Many scientists think it is just a
question of when.</p> <p><strong>We are overdue for the next pandemic
</strong></p> <p>Whether it is the currently fast spreading swine flu,
avian bird flu, SARS or a totally different viral threat, experts
acknowledge we are overdue for the next pandemic. "The (bird flu) virus
continues to spread in wild birds across the world. There is no reason to
believe that at some point it will stop. ... We need to be prepared,"
said Michael Leavitt, secretary of the Department of Health and Human
Services.</p> <p>"<strong>We've probably never been closer to a
pandemic</strong>", stated Dr. Julie Gerberding of the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC). "It's not a matter of if,but when...", said Dr
Michael Osterholm, one of the world’s foremost infectious disease
experts and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and
Policy (CIDRAP).</p> <p>When it hits it will sweep thru society like
wildfire. It could become be the worst disaster known to man, causing
millions of deaths worldwide, more than all the natural disasters and
wars combined. Hospitals and health care professionals will be
overwhelmed.</p> <p><strong>There is no way to stop it; everyone is at
risk</strong></p> <p>"Bird flu, a human pandemic is unavoidable and will
take place sooner or later", stated Dr. David Nabarro, United Nations
World Health Organization Coordinator for avian and human influenza. He
estimated as many as 150 million potential deaths worldwide.</p>
<p>According to Dr. Nabarro: "Once a flu pandemic starts, everyone will
be at risk of getting pandemic flu, because no one has natural immunity
to the virus. However, certain groups may be at greater risk of dying
than others. There are strong indications that the coming bird-flu
pandemic may be similar to the influenza pandemic of 1918 and, if so,
healthy adults would be most at risk of dying, along with pregnant women
and the elderly." Â </p> <p><strong>Why are healthy adults at greatest
risk? </strong></p> <p>Dr. Nabarro explains: "It appears that the H5N1
bird-flu virus causes a massive immunological response against the virus
in those with the strongest immune systems. Â Unfortunately, this causes
the release of human enzymes called "cytokines," which destroy lung cells
along with viral particles. Â This, in turn, causes a deadly outpouring
of fluids into the lung, which interferes with the exchange of oxygen and
carbon dioxide. This reaction is frequently fatal."</p> <p>"Let's
acknowledge the fact that for the first six months of any pandemic, we're
not going to have a vaccine," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike
Leavitt told The Associated Press. If they can make a vaccine, it is
expected to be too little, too late, with no assurance it will work at
all. At best, officials expect there would only be enough vaccine for 25
percent of the population. Health professionals and emergency response
workers would get first priority.</p> <p><strong>How can people and their
families survive a pandemic flu?</strong></p> <p>Planning for a pandemic
requires immediate action<strong>. </strong>Most people are not
adequately informed or prepared to protect themselves from becoming a
victim of this dreadful and deadly disease. The precautions you must take
now, as well as after it strikes, are described in detail in the
following FREE <strong>e-book</strong> guide:</p> <p>The Individual and
Family Guide to Pandemic Bird Flu - Swine Flu Preparedness</p> <p>The
guide spells out the critical actions necessary to protect you and your
family. It contains many tips and precautions that must be taken to avoid
infection, plus valuable web links to help keep you current and
informed.</p> <p>This guide is the result of extensive research from many
respected sources including: The World Health Organization, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Center for Disease Control
and Prevention, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
and others.</p> <p>In the guide you will learn:</p> <ul> <li>What to
expect during a pandemic </li> <li>How to prepare </li> <li>Supplies to
keep on hand </li> <li>How to tell if a pandemic is about to start </li>
<li>How the virus spreads </li> <li>How to tell if you have a cold or the
flu </li> <li>What are the symptoms of the avian flu </li> <li>How to
avoid infection </li> <li>How to prevent its spread to others </li>
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