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I am writing an essay on swine flu (H1N1).Can you help me construct an essay on swine flu?

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abid85 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2009 at 3:11 AM via web

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I am writing an essay on swine flu (H1N1).

Can you help me construct an essay on swine flu?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 12, 2009 at 3:28 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a very timely topic.  Initially, allow me to preface my remarks with the idea that the structure and components of such an essay should be referred to your instructor/ professor who might have specific items that should be included and certain structural guidelines that have to be followed.  These should supersede anyone else's instruction because of their role of assessing your work.  Having said this, I think being able to reference the site below will help guide you in this process.

I would say that a standard expository format would be beneficial here.  Opening the paper with an introduction about the current relevancy of the H1N1 Virus around the world could serve as an excellent way of opening the paper.  This might involve detailing statistics around the world of reported cases, as well as the international concern around it.  The next phase would consist of discussing the historical evidence of this particular strand's existence and perhaps discussing why this strand is different and much stronger than the traditional influenza virus.  Perhaps discussing how this strand bears similarity and difference from other threatening flu viruses might also be effective here.  This would give way to describing what exactly is within the H1N1 Virus and why it has spread in such a rampant manner.  This would be where you would be able to expand some of the ideas presented in your opening.  Finally, I think it would be important to discuss the international responses to the H1N1 virus on medical, scientific, social, and political levels.  Certain nations have approached it differently than others and exploring this aspect might be very compelling in both research and reading.  I think your conclusion might include suggestions from these agencies on how the attack the H1N1 Virus.  It's a very timely topic and there is enough research in the community to make for a strong work.

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super25 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM (Answer #2)

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Swine influenza, also called pig influenzaswine fluhog fluand pig flu, is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virusSwine influenza virus (SIV) or S-OIV (swine-origin influenza virus) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs.[2] As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza Aknown as H1N1H1N2H3N1H3N2, and H2N3.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human flu, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human flu, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.

During the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, allowing accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, only 50 such transmissions have been confirmed. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human. Symptoms of zoonotic swine flu in humans are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namelychillsfeversore throatmuscle pains, severe headache,coughingweakness and general discomfort.

In August 2010 the World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over.[3]



 

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