How The Swine Flu Is Impacting The World
Article by Eva Judge
The swine flu is hardly limited to Australia. This latest flu epidemic is spanning the globe, prompting worry and panic in millions of people around the world. As the WHO announces that nearly two billion people may ultimately be infected, it is important to remember that people everywhere are grappling with it.
The Swine Flu: Originating In Mexico, Radiating Worldwide -
The swine flu originally began appearing in Mexico; since then, it has produced 13,500 cases in that country and has been responsible for approximately 125 deaths. Like the bird flu, though, the swine flu radiated outward from Mexico. In Canada, nearly 10,000 cases and dozens of deaths have been reported; the U.S., which lies between Canada and Mexico, has seen a whopping 40,000 cases and 263 deaths – the highest number of fatalities out of any other country in the world. Considering that the U.S. has a prominent influenza vaccine programme, this is quite incredible.
From North America, the swine flu has made its way steadily and ceaselessly around the globe. In South America, Argentina is the country with the second number of fatalities in the world, at 165 confirmed deaths. Europe has largely escaped the wrath of the swine flu; in fact, Russia claims to have only experienced nine confirmed cases of the disease. Countries like France and Germany have reported modest numbers of cases, but far fewer than those reported in North America and South America. Although China has reported few cases, here in Australia the total number has crept up to 14,000 and there have been 40 fatalities to date.
The Swine Flu: Already Deadlier Than The Bird Flu -
Worldwide towards the end of 2006, the bird flu claimed just over one hundred deaths. Obviously, the swine flu has already far exceeded that number. If the estimates being made by the World Health Organization are correct, then the swine flu will claim many more victims yet. Australians continue to brace themselves for more implications from this outbreak, with pregnant women and indigenous people being listed as most at-risk.
Although the news is certainly not good, it is also important to keep calm and not panic. Through ensuring that you take an flu vaccination and paying attention to the published advice, you can keep the flu at bay. When all is said and done, it can be hoped that the estimates made by the WHO are proven wrong; if not, people can still band together to fight off the swine flu.
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