Most people catch the swine flu virus from another person. There have only been 50 documented cases of pig to human transmission. 6 of those 50 people died as a result, mostly from the complications of pneumonia.(See the bottom of this article for details on symptoms and when you should seek a doctors care immediately.).
Incubation Period for H1N1 Swine Flu
The incubation period for the H1N1 2009-10 Swine Flu is anywhere from 2-7 days, with younger patients often taking up to 10 days to start showing signs of the virus. If you have traveled to an infected area or had contact with an infected person or animal in the last three weeks and are now experiencing flu-like symptoms, take no chances. Get to a doctor.
Swine Flu can last from 2 days,(very mild infection) to 60 days,(usually in the hospital much of this time.) but most cases are over 7-21 days after symptoms start. It just depends on the strength of the person and the strength of the virus.
Much like the 1918 strain of swine flu, which is the mother of all swine flu, the 2009-10 H1N1 also takes most of its fatalities from young, healthy people, from ages 27-46. Those in the prime of their lives.(See below to find out how the 1918 strain of swine flu is the ‘Mother’ of all pig flu and inevitably caused the H1N1 Pandemic.)
When to seek emergency care right away
Adult can easily communicate their trouble but with children, look for these other signs, as well as those for adults and elderly.
1.) You can’t wake them or get them to interact with anyone, hard to wake in a way that is not usual for them
2.) Their skin will change color if they are suffering from a severe lack of oxygen, many swine flu fatalities reports note this happening, turning blueish or gray.
Adults and the Elderly
Flu symptoms that improve and then return with a worse cough or fever, which is a sign of pneumonia, which results in the most swine flu fatalities world wide. Also, heaviness or pain in the chest or lower abdomen, hard time breathing, sudden dizziness, weakness, severe vomiting or diarrhea.
How the 1918 strain of swine flu is the ‘Mother’ of all pig flu and inevitably caused the H1N1 Pandemic
From 1915 to 1920, a flu pandemic was circling the globe. In 1918, pigs caught it and because they are one of the few animals that can host different forms of the flu virus, it was able to shift,(mix and mutate) in swine and be spread back to humans. It was the first time known to have happened and because the 1918 strain was the first pig flu, it is present in all forms of swine flu, the same way a tenth generation crossbreed will still have markers of its origins.