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Swine flu (H1N1) directory

Swine flu, or H1N1 flu, is a strain of the flu virus that emerged in Mexico in April 2009. This strain differed from previous swine flu strains in that it combined swine, bird, and human flu viruses. It quickly spread to a global pandemic and caused fear and confusion around the world. Swine flu is caused by virus transmission through contact with an infected surface, or cough and sneeze droplets. You can be contagious for up to 10 days after contracting the virus. Symptoms are the same as for seasonal flu, and treatments include antiviral drugs. Protection against H1N1 flu is now built into the seasonal flu jab. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about how H1N1 is contracted, how to treat it, and much more.

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