The Swine Flu Can Spread Four Times Faster Than Other Viruses

Posted By on February 18, 2011

Swine Flu Can Spread at ‘Unbelievable’ Rate: The WHO (World Health Organization) says the swine flu spreads four times faster than other viruses and 40 percent of the fatalities are young adults in good health,  this according to top health officials.

“This virus travels at an unbelievable, almost unheard of speed,” World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan told France’s Le Monde daily in an interview.

“In six weeks it travels the same distance that other viruses take six months to cover,” Chan said.

“Sixty percent of the deaths cover those who have underlying health problems,” Chan said. “This means that 40 percent of the fatalities concern young adults — in good health — who can die of a viral fever in five to seven days.

While 90 percent of severe and fatal cases occur in people aged above 65 in seasonal flu, most of those who die from swine flu are under the age of 50.

A “very severe form of disease” affecting the lungs and causing severe respiratory failure among young and healthy people was being reported, WHO said Friday, adding that highly specialised care was required.

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