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The world is brazing for the newest pandemic in world history, the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. It can be seen that the fear is felt across the globe specially in countries like the Philippines. One case for example in Jaen, Nueva Ecija talks about other people staying away from them because they said they are carriers of deadly virus. The fact is this virus is not that lethal compared to existing global pandemics which we already have - AIDS and Malaria.

Up to the present date AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome continues to claim lives by the million each year and affects people by the millions each year as well. The fear was not that much and it was accepted as a considerable risk of everyday life. In 2007, it was estimated that 33.2 million people lived with the disease worldwide, and that AIDS had killed an estimated 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children.



Malaria on the other hand is a vector-borne infectious disease caused by protozoan parasites. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Each year, there are approximately 350–500 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people, the majority of whom are young children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Influenza A (H1N1) is now affecting 74 countries with 29,669 cases and 145 deaths. The ration of death to cases is only 0.49% which is very low. Thus people should not fear from it instead they should make necessary preventions and keep themselves healthy. Frequent hand washing and regular procedures in keeping your body clean should be maintained.

In case someone in your family or school feels the symptom of Influenza or any flu symptom the best thing to do is stay at home and get the service of a doctor. Do not panic and do not blow the problem into proportions. Average people affected by the virus generally gets well even without medication. The uniqueness though of this virus is its ability to spread fast from person to person.

So be health and keep safe.





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