How does swine flu affect the body?

Symptoms of swine flu (also called H1N1 flu) include all the symptoms of the seasonal flu: fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue. Sometimes swine flu also causes vomiting and diarrhea.

Usually, the first effect of swine flu on the body is a fever with chills and muscle aches. You may also have a feeling of general weakness, fatigue, and a headache. Remember, swine flu is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system. As a result, effects on the body often focus on the throat, nose, and lungs. The nose may become congested or runny, the throat may become sore, and a dry cough may be present.

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H1N1 (Swine Flu)

H1N1 (Swine Flu)

H1N1, or swine flu, is a strain of the influenza virus that was originally limited to pigs, and first detected in people in 2009. It is not considered particularly harmful in people with healthy immune systems; in people with comp...

romised immune systems, H1N1 can cause bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis or sinus infections.
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