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The genes of the H1N1 swine flu have been circulating undetected among pigs for at least a decade, says a team of researchers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
US health officials have begun to suspect that older people may have an immunity of sorts to the new H1N1 strain.
People born before 1957 appear to have some immunity to H1N1, the swine flu virus, federal health officials say. Tests on blood serum from people at least 52 years old show they had antibodies that attacked the new virus, Dr.
Scientists are working on determining exactly when and how the swine flu first jumped from a pig and began infecting people.
Health experts say that the new H1N1 swine flu possesses â€œfull pandemic potentialâ€ and could infect as much as one third of the worldâ€™s population if it goes global â€“ a contingency that officials project will occur in the next six to nine months.
The flurry of concern over swine flu may have been a bit 'indulgent,' but genuine questions about the virus still abound.
Canadian scientists became the first Thursday to unravel the gene sequence of the H1N1 flu virus, the federal health minister announced in Ottawa. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the breakthrough came at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canwest News Service reported. Finding the genetic sequence opens the door for scientists to learn where the virus originated, how it evolved, how it spread, and also helps develop a specific vaccine for it, said the lab's...
Officials said Wednesday that the first genetic sequencing of the H1N1 swine flu virus has been completed by Canadian scientists, which will be vital to understanding the outbreak and developing a vaccine.
Regardless of how mild the effects of the swine flu turn out to be, health officials are already referring to it as a pandemic â€“ a move that has many people questioning just how serious the global threat really is.