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Swine Flu Update

Viruses are nasty, yet surprisingly simple organisms. What makes flu so potentially dangerous is that it's not very good at making copies of itself, which leads to mutations, or slight changes in its genetic code. Though most mutations don't amount to anything, some can lead to new versions of the flu that could spread more easily or make people sicker once infected. These mutated strains can also make your Swine Flu shot less effective. And one county in Iowa contends that many more people are dying from Swine Flu than has been reported. This finding is based on autopsies of Iowans who died but were never diagnosed as having H1N1.

KCCI.com in Des Moines quotes Dr. Gregory Schmunk as saying, "In the autopsy, what we're seeing is very heavy, wet hemorrhagic lungs, lungs with a lot of blood in them."

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