UPDATE: No, as of August 10, 2010, the pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be in the Post Pandemic Phase.
Yes, the spread that began in late March 2009, continues with widespread outbreaks in multiple areas of the world and this means that the pandemic phase is still in effect.
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the pandemic and has been since before they declared this to have met the criteria to be called a pandemic in June 2009. To be considered a pandemic, there needs to be rapid spread of a communicable disease, such as the flu, across large areas of the world such as across continents, or, as is the case of the 2009 A-H1N1/09 pandemic, a spread world-wide.
The WHO has not yet seen the indicators to show that we are approaching the post pandemic phase, so it is still officially considered a pandemic as of mid December 2009. There are predictions among scientists that we may even see a third wave of the spread starting again around the first of the year of 2010.
Luckily, this particular virus has not been as virulent as was feared, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still calling it a Category 1 pandemic in their system to categorize pandemics according to their severity of morbidity and mortality.
The CDC system assigns the category level (Category 1 through 5) based on the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR), the percentage of fatalities compared to the number of cases. The system is defined by the CDC as follows:
1.................less than 0.1%.......CurrentPandemic (similar CFR to seasonal flu)
2.................0.1% to 0.5%.........Asian Flu andFlu
3.................0.5% to 1%............N./A
4.................1% to 2%...............N/A
5.................2% or higher..........Spanish flu"
During the 2009 swine flu H1N1 pandemic, it spread everywhere. It was a true pandemic that was present in all countries of the world.
During the 2009 pandemic of swine flu, the viral flu infection spread to all countries in the world-- a true pandemic.
Yes, swine flu was found during the 2009 pandemic in every country.
Swine flu came to Hong Kong in 2009
Yes, discussion about the pandemic of swine flu would be a part of Social Studies.
Yes. A group of turkeys in Ontario, Canada were found to have the pandemic swine flu in 2009.
The pandemic swine flu has been in the news since late March 2009.
The vaccine for the 2009 pandemic swine flu was released just around the beginning of the flu season in 2009-2010.
Currently (2009) they mean the same thing. The swine flu (A-H1N1/09) is the virus that is causing the Pandemic. Any flu can be called a pandemic flu, if it is spreading to all parts of the world and meets the other characteristics of a fast moving, wide spreading epidemic.
16 455 people died in the Swine Flu Pandemic in 2009
During the 2009 Pandemic of H1N1/09 swine flu, ALL countries reported presence of cases of the new flu.
The pandemic influenza that struck the world in 1918 was not the Swine Flu. It was called the Spanish Flu since it originated in Spain. It had no connection to the swine flu or pigs.
Yes, see also the answer of the question in the related question section below.
Yes. So is simply getting a non-swine related flu...
Yes, during the 2009 H1N1/09 swine flu pandemic it spread to every country in the world.
Swine flu anything that's contagious
In early 2009 at the start of the pandemic.
There is currently only one strain of influenza virus that causes pandemic Swine Flu. It is called A-H1N1/09. There have been previous strains of H1N1 that were similar, and some were even called Swine Flu, but they were different than that which causes the Swine Flu of the 2009 pandemic. See related questions below.
During the 2009 H1N1/09 swine flu pandemic, the viral infection spread to all parts of the world and in every state in the US. It was a true pandemic.
H1N1/09 pandemic swine flu is called by many different names in different places. See the related questions below for more information.
Most animals are able to fight it off like most people are. There is a vaccine for pigs for one type of swine flu but it is not the same as the pandemic swine flu vaccine.
The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was closely related to an avian virus.
It comes from pigs and it broke out in Mexico first. See the related question below about what caused the pandemic swine flu.
There are many different flu viruses called both H1N1 and swine flu, and this is very confusing because the same names are used for different things. In the type of swine flu that pigs get (the original "swine flu"), they are usually referring to the same virus, just called by different names. But there are H1N1 flu viruses that pigs do not get, and/or that are not the same virus. For the "swine flu" that caused the pandemic of 2009, the names are interchanged often in common use, and that adds to confusion. To be specific and more correct in referring to this type of flu virus, it is best to not call it simply H1N1 or simply swine flu. To be more specific, it is called the A-H1N1/09 influenza virus and the pandemic swine flu. Please see the related question below that will help clarify the terminology and names for the 2009 pandemic "swine" flu.
Since there was no swine flu like the H1N1/09 pandemic swine flu until discovered in 2009, there was not a specific Latin name for the disease. One could be created from literal translation and would be something like: Orthomyxoviridae porcus. See the related question links section below for other names of the pandemic swine flu.