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May 29, 2009

The Dangers of A(H1N1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 6:07 am


* outbreak: the sudden start of unpleasant, especially violence or a disease
* flu: an infectious disease like a very bad cold, that causes fever, pains
* impersonator: a person who copies the way another person talks or behaves in order to entertain people
* puppet: a model of a person or an animal that can be made to move
* vulnerable: weak and easily hurt physically or emotionally
* chill: a feeling of being cold

The Dangers of A(H1N1)

The World Health Organization has issued an emergency warning over the outbreak. There are concerns that the virus, partially transmittable to humans, could be another `Spanish flu,’ which killed hundreds of thousands of people in the early part of the 20th century. [1] It’s the ultimate impersonator, fooling the infected into believing they have a bad cold, so they suspect nothing until it’s too late. When the offensive begins, the virus storms its targets’ cells and takes charge. This unseen threat is a sinister invasion on unsuspecting populations; even the healthy and strong are vulnerable. [2] The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu including fever, cough, sore throat, an aching body, headache, chills and fatigue, while some have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions, the authorities say. [3] Tamiflu, and the less talked-about Relenza, are antiviral drugs. They slow down the rate at which viruses infect cells in your body and, therefore, how fast they spread and make you ill. Antiviral drugs do this by stopping the virus producing an enzyme called neuraminidase — hence they are called neuraminidase inhibitors.



Discussion Questions:

1. Do you know about S.I.?
2. How many people have died because of S.I.?
3. Do you think Korea is safe from S.I.? Why or Why not?
4. What do you think about influenza?

infected blood

infected blood



preventing infections

preventing infections

influenza's appearance

influenza's appearance

임형석,차민철,권용덕,김민중(Class #18, Group#2)

1 Comment »

  1. Hi, this is a colaboration info health public, i read and consult the
    “Committee on Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic, Institute of Medicine”,this is a medical textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of epidemic and pandemic influenza (download PDF).

    Comment by mediccall — June 7, 2009 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

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