Swine Flu

Swine Flu

What Is Swine Flu?

Swine flu is a highly contagious (spreads from person to person) infection caused by a virus.

The name “Swine Flu” is however a misnomer as the infection has also been detected in people who were never in contact with pigs. Thus the World Health Organization has changed its name to a more appropriate and scientific one- Influenza a (H1N1).

How Does Influenza A (H1N1) Flu Spread?

It spreads just like any other flu through:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Touching infected surfaces

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a regular human flu and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Running nose
  • Burning eyes
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Severe illness like Pneumonia and Respiratory failure has also been reported

What Should We Do?

  • DO NOT PANIC. Do not believe in rumours.
  • Avoid travelling to flu prone countries as far as possible.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Cover your sneeze and cough well with a disposable tissue.
  • Adhere to good hand washing/cleaning procedures especially after coughing, sneezing and before meals.
  • Avoid close contact with wild birds or animals.
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever cough or cold.
  • Though there is no evidence of Influenza a H1N1 spread through eating non vegetarian food, it is essential to ensure proper cooking of food before consumption.
  • In case there is someone around you with flu, Keep distance, wear a face mask and after touching any object that may be carrying the flu virus do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If there is illness, immediately consult your Doctor.

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