Thursday, December 3, 2009

Swine Flu | The Real Story

Earlier I have posted on H1N1 and influenze and I recieved many comments which more or less point to the fact that it could have propogated even in a Muslim Civilisation.. Some advised me to do some proper research before commenting on such sensitive topics.. So here am I.. Prepared and confident..

What is going on?

  • Swine flu is a virus that originally infected only pigs and they spread it from one infected hog to other hogs the same way it spreads in people, by direct contact or by droplets holding the virus in the air after a pig coughed or sneezed.
  • Because pigs are physiologically very similar to humans, when they have been living closely with humans, some microbes that can infect them are able to be changed or mutated into strains that people can catch.
  • These types of diseases that we can get from animals are called zoonotic diseases.
So where did Islam come here?

  • wants to prove that in an ideal Islamic society, such an outbreak would never have taken place. Because Islam considers pig as a dirty animal which should not be bred for food/any other use. A pig is thus considered Haraam in Islam.
So how can you prove that?

and now some stuff to bore you guys:

Transmission within pigs
  • Influenza is quite common in pigs, with about half of breeding pigs having been exposed to the virus in the US.
  • The main route of transmission is through direct contact between infected and uninfected animals. These close contacts are particularly common during animal transport.
  • The direct transfer of the virus probably occurs either by pigs touching noses, or through dried mucus.
  • Airborne transmission through the aerosols produced by pigs coughing or sneezing are also an important means of infection.
  • The virus usually spreads quickly through a herd, infecting all the pigs within just a few days.

Transmission to humans

  • People who work with poultry and swine, especially people with intense exposures, are at increased risk of zoonotic infection with influenza virus endemic in these animals, and constitute a population of human hosts in which zoonosis and reassortment can co-occur.
  • Transmission of influenza from swine to humans who work with swine was documented in a small surveillance study performed in 2004 at the University of Iowa.
  • This study among others forms the basis of a recommendation that people whose jobs involve handling poultry and swine be the focus of increased public health surveillance.
  • Other professions at particular risk of infection are veterinarians and meat processing workers, although the risk of infection for both of these groups is lower than that of farm workers.

Interaction with avian H5N1 in pigs

  • Pigs are unusual as they can be infected with influenza strains that usually infect three different species: pigs, birds and humans.
  • This makes pigs a host where influenza viruses might exchange genes, producing new and dangerous strains.

    Alex Smart Said: One guy even thought that Swine Flu was created when a Arab sneezed on a pig and it exploded in a suicide bomb attempt...