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Stay safe from Swine Flu

Updated on May 4, 2011

Prevention is better than cure

Swine Flu

Five months after the first outburst of swine flu, now the world is discovering how deadly this epidemic can be. Swine Flu has put the world on the gunpoint of fear. It has started showing its true colors taking 1400 lives worldwide, according to World Health Organisation. We should be alert to protect ourselves from this epidemic.

Swine Flu was first reported in Mexico. A virus called H1N1 is spreading the disease. The disease was spread allover the world in no time. Swine flu has become the century’s first official pandemic after the World Health Organisation raised the alert level on the H1N1 virus from phase 5 to 6. There are some alarming reports coming out with regard to this. A study conducted by University of Warwick, London reveals that 50% of the British population could be infected with H1N1 by the end of this year if precautions are not taken with immediate effect.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine Flu is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is any element of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. Swine flu virus is common in pigs worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to man is not common and does not always lead to Swine flu, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in blood. People with regular exposure to pigs have high chances of swine flu infection. The meat of an infected animal contains no risk of infection if cooked properly.

 

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of swine flu are mostly the same as those of ordinary flu, but could be more severe and cause serious complications.

The normally observed symptoms are:

  • Sudden fever with high body temperature of over 38 degree Celsius.
  • Sudden Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach upset
  • Sneezing
  • Throat infection

If you have a prolonged fever or any of the above symptoms, then you should consult a doctor.

How to Prevent?

Swine flu is transmitted by airborne droplets from an infected person's sneeze or cough; or from hands or germ-prevailing surfaces. Students and working people, who usually go outside have a higher chance of getting infected. People who live in closed environments with less air circulation are also likely to get infected.

  • People travelling abroad should be cautious.
  • Always use tissue paper and cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing and dispose off the tissues carefully.
  • There may be some virus on your office or school tables, telephones and computers. So don’t to touch your face frequently.
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap or hand wash is an effective way of preventing infection.
  • Wearing mask in public places is also a good defense.
  • Drink lot of water and have good sleep. It will help boost your immunization.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Food and drinks are not carriers of Swine flu as it is not a food borne disease.
  • Keep your surroundings clean
  • Allow free air circulation and sunlight in your rooms.

    If you have Swine flu, then confine yourself to a room. You must wear a mask.
    Keep away from others to avoid spreading the infection to others. Take all precautions to defend yourselves.

 

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