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Why is swine flu called swine flu?

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H1N1 flu is also known as swine flu. It's called swine flu because, in the past, the people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. That changed several years ago, when a new virus emerged that spread among people who hadn't been near pigs.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Influenza: The Disease," "H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You," "Antiviral Drugs and H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)," "Interim Guidance for Clinicians on Identifying and Caring for Patients with Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection."

World Health Organization: "Vaccines for the new influenza A (H1N1)."

Flu.gov.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Influenza: The Disease," "H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You," "Antiviral Drugs and H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)," "Interim Guidance for Clinicians on Identifying and Caring for Patients with Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection."

World Health Organization: "Vaccines for the new influenza A (H1N1)."

Flu.gov.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 19, 2019

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