swine flu

noun

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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Specialists at the center are developing vaccines for swine flu, Ebola, and HIV, TASS reported. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Explosion Reported at Russian Lab Carrying Dangerous Viruses Like Ebola and Smallpox," 17 Sep. 2019 Scientists at the center are developing vaccines for swine flu, HIV, and Ebola. Helen Regan, CNN, "Explosion and fire break out at Russian lab known for housing deadly smallpox virus," 17 Sep. 2019 His quip on the swine flu epidemic led to a public uproar in China even as some on Wall Street said the reaction was overblown. Cathy Chan, Fortune, "UBS Loses a Deal in China After Economist's 'Pig' Comment," 17 June 2019 In 2009, three pigs at the State Fair tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "State Fair: Getting the animals in and out like a choreographed dance," 25 Aug. 2019 China already is grappling with record high food prices driven in part by a raging epidemic of African swine flu. Fortune, "The Week Trump and Xi Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trade War—CEO Daily," 10 Aug. 2019 There was a swine flu pandemic in 2009 in the United States. Dan Gelston, The Denver Post, "Pedro Martinez still baseball’s daddy years after retirement," 5 Aug. 2019 There was a swine flu pandemic in 2009 in the United States. Dan Gelston, BostonGlobe.com, "Count Pedro Martinez among those who think baseball is home run happy," 5 Aug. 2019 Previous emergencies were declared for the devastating 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, the emergence of Zika in the Americas, the swine flu pandemic and polio eradication. Fox News, "Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency by WHO," 18 July 2019

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swine flu

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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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