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American Academy of Disaster Medicine's (AADM) President Comments on U.S. Public Health System, Discusses Swine Flu Infection and Prevention
Date:4/28/2009

for physicians of all specialties to be trained in disaster medicine is why the AADM and its board exam were founded," Klein explained. "The AADM's belief has always been that it takes the collective community of all physicians, including family practitioners, internists, emergency room physicians, trauma surgeons, and psychiatrists, to fulfill the roles of assisting our country and population in the event of a disaster."

The AADM offers training programs, professional certification, and the opportunity to be part of a community of highly dedicated medical pioneers from all areas of medicine.

The following questions and answers on swine flu are for patient education purposes:

1. What is swine flu?
Swine influenza, or "swine flu", is a highly contagious respiratory disease that normally affects pigs, at all times throughout the year. It is caused by a type-"A" influenza virus, known as "H1N1". The concern now is that this virus has "jumped" from pigs to humans, causing this new strain to become a mix of animal and human viruses. What in essence was initially a pig-isolated virus has now transmitted itself to humans. This is often a concern for any new viruses.

2. What is causing the spread of the virus, and is this a bio-terrorism concern?
At this time we do not know what is causing this virus to spread. What we do know is that there are cases of swine handlers catching the disease from pigs, but now individuals are also becoming ill with no proximity or contact with the animals. The virus spreads in much the same way a cold or flu normally spreads. An infected individual coughs, sneezes, or touches another person, who then may touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. All of this can happen in the absence of any initial symptoms in the infected person.
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