H5N1 vs. H1N1

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Chabot 1 Carter Chabot Mrs. Margeson English 4 13th February 2013 H5N1 vs. H1N1 The H5N1 and H1N1 viruses are very similar and different in various ways. Both viruses can become deadly to one infected being or be a simple cure to another. In 2009 both viruses were labeled epidemics and then became pandemics. An epidemic is ‘widespread occurrence of a disease which affects a community.” A pandemic is considered a “disease that affects a whole county or the world”. These viruses would both become a severe virus for all humanity to recognize. The H1N1 disease was first detected in the United States in August 2009 and would later be known as the “swine flu”. This was because this disease was mostly found hosting in pigs. There was not much concern since the symptoms were similar to the seasonal flu but in a couple months these concerns would soon come to haunt them. Just two months after the first detections the swine flu it was now classified as a pandemic. Even though the WHO (World Health Organization) did not classify it as severe, it would later be classified as “moderate” and many countries would have to strengthen quarantine procedures and pre-existing screening for travelers. Infection control measures to prevent transmission of H1N1 influenza in healthcare facilities. The H1N1 pandemic, as necessary as new information becomes available throughout the course of this influenza season. It provides general guidance for all healthcare facilities. The guidance expands on earlier guidance by emphasizing that successfully preventing transmission requires a comprehensive approach, beginning with pandemic planning that includes developing Chabot 2 Written plans that are flexible and adaptable should changes occur in the severity of illness or other aspects of H1N1 and seasonal influenza. Revisions from earlier guidance include: criteria for

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