• Question: Is swine flu still spreading around? Can you survive from swine flu? How did it first start? Did someone spread accidentally or...?

    Asked by bobbysna to Alan, Murray, Sarah on 25 Mar 2011.
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      Sarah Thomas answered on 25 Mar 2011:

      swine flu was first recorded in the 1930’s. It is a flu virus in pigs that mutated and jumped to humans. The recent epidemic started in Mexico. Obviously a new strain of the virus must have mutated there, infected humans and then it was spread across the entire world. Lots of people go to mexico for their holidays… Swine flu was particularly dangerous for young people, old people and pregnant ladies, but most people survived swine flu without even realising they had it, they just thought they had a normal cold bug. Yes swine flu is still out there, but it is much rarer now, although there was an outbreak in the winter time but thats mostly because cold weather makes people vulnerable to colds and flu bugs.