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Did you know this about the swine flu?

THURSDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have uncovered some intriguing clues about why the new swine flu frequently brings on gastrointestinal distress and vomiting, symptoms not usually associated with seasonal flu.

In experiments with ferrets, research teams in the United States and the Netherlands found that the new H1N1 flu virus replicated more extensively in the respiratory tract, going to the lungs, whereas the seasonal flu virus stayed in the animals' nasal cavity. The U.S. team also found that the new virus, unlike the seasonal one, went into the ferrets' intestinal tract.

Such distinctions, the U.S. researchers said, can make a difference in establishing appropriate public health responses as the pandemic continues around the world, so far sickening more than a million people in the United States alone.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Health

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  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Its the flu

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 1:33 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • if Doctors would stop prescribing everyone a antibiotic every time they had a tickle in their throat, the medicine would work now that we need them.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • My daughter had (probable) H1N1 a few weeks ago. It is truly no worse than a typical winter virus. Doctors are no longer testing for it, as it is so widespread. They are only prescribing the anti-viral meds for high risk patients, as the risk of serious side effects outweigh the (relatively) mild flu symptons. The fever lasted 3.5 days.

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:06 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • The kid from Harry Potter said it's just like any other flu. He's recovered from it. :)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 5:27 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

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