swine flu

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swine flu

or

swine influenza:

see influenzainfluenza
or flu,
acute, highly contagious disease caused by a RNA virus (family Orthomyxoviridae); formerly known as the grippe. There are three types of the virus, designated A, B, and C, but only types A and B cause more serious contagious infections.
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On Friday, Mexico's federal government closed museums, libraries, state-run theaters and schools in its overcrowded capital in order to prevent the pig flu from spreading.
First described in April 2009, the virus appeared to be a new strain of H1N1 which resulted when a previous triple reassortment of bird, pig and human flu viruses further combined with a Eurasian pig flu virus.
Yesterday it emerged two biotechnology companies had started the world's first human trials of a pig flu immunisation in Australia.
The current outbreak is a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1, a relative of pig flu that has already existed in America for the past 10 years, he explains.
READERS were angry over our story last week that pig flu victim Iain Askham was told by health bosses not to admit he went to a pop gig after returning from Mexico.
So sad to leave Mexico (but) ready to get out of pig flu country," she added.
On Saturday Mexican authorities announced that 81 people died in Mexico after being infected with a human strain of the swine flu, also referred to as pig flu.