swine flu


Definition of swine flu

: swine influenza also : influenza A of humans that is caused by a different strain of an orthomyxovirus subtype (H1N1) from those found in swine and that is marked especially by fever, sore throat, cough, chills, body aches, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

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Recent Examples on the Web But experience working at the EMA during the 2009 swine flu pandemic gave her insight into managing such crises. Suzi Ring, Bloomberg.com, "EU’s New Drug Agency Head Warns of Vaccine Safety Challenges," 16 Nov. 2020 Other major pharmaceutical companies, such as GSK and Novartis, began to rely on squalene for their seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines. Justin Meneguzzi, National Geographic, "Why a COVID-19 vaccine could further imperil deep-sea sharks," 13 Nov. 2020 In 2009 the flu strain H1N1, known as the swine flu, emerged unexpectedly, resulting in production delays. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "Who Should Get a Covid-19 Vaccine First?," 5 Nov. 2020 Graitcer, whose son also now works for the agency, was a member of the Epidemiology Intelligence Services, working to fight swine flu and Legionnaires' disease. NBC News, "'Toxic': CDC staffers say morale inside the public health agency has plummeted during the pandemic," 25 Oct. 2020 The swine flu killed nearly 12,500 before a vaccine brought it under control the next year. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "DHS led the way on past health crises, but it has been less visible during the coronavirus outbreak," 21 Oct. 2020 Because the swine flu was not nearly as lethal as the novel coronavirus, there was not nearly as much need to halt its spread. Author: Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking the vice presidential debate between Pence and Harris," 8 Oct. 2020 Mount Sinai Hospital just released a new study showing COVID-19 is 10 times deadlier than the 2009 swine flu pandemic. CBS News, "Daily virus infections hit all-time high in U.S. as cases surge 45% in two weeks," 5 Nov. 2020 The assertion that there was no panic during the swine flu pandemic is also inaccurate. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Claim of double standards between COVID-19, swine flu responses is inaccurate," 25 Sep. 2020

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Swine flu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine%20flu. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of swine flu

: swine influenza also : influenza of humans that is caused by a subtype (H1N1) of an orthomyxovirus (species Influenza A virus of the genus Influenzavirus A) originating in swine and is marked especially by fever, sore throat, cough, chills, body aches, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting Among the swine flu cases in the United States, none had had any contact with pigs … — Marc Lacey and Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times, 25 Apr. 2009 As swine flu spreads from person to person around the world, it is most often being transmitted by coughing or sneezing … — Laura Landro, The Wall Street Journal, 29 Sept. 2009

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