Swine Flu Influenza is a respiratory disease in pigs that is caused by type A influenza virus (H1N1) subtype that is cause regular outbreaks in pigs. The Swine Flu virus may be acquired from another person.
What Are The Signs and Symptom?
The sign and symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular flu:
- Fever(greater than 37.8 degree Celsius)
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- Body Aches and headaches
- Difficulty of breathing or shortness of breath
- pain pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Swine Flu A(H1N1) virus spreads similarly to how seasonal flu spreads.
- This spreads mainly from person to person through coughing of person with virus,
- A person may also get infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then their mouth or nose.
- Beginning the 1st day before the symptoms develop and up to 7 days or more days after becoming sick infected person may be able to transmit the virus to others.
Right now, there is no available vaccine to protect against swine flu. However take these simples steps to protect your health.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol based cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth germs spread this way.
- Avoid going to crowded places like malls. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- Taking Vitamin C and eat a lots of green vegetables and fruits everyday.
- Flu bugs can survive for hours on surfaces. One study showed that flu viruses can live up to 48 hrs. on hard, nonporous such as stainless steel and up to 12hrs. on cloth and tissues. The virus seems to survive only for minutes on your hands --- but that's plenty of time fot\r you to transfer it to your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Yes, it's still safe to eat pork. Swine Influenza viruses are not spread by food.
- You cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products.
- None, but the Center for Disease Control(CDC) and the World Health Organization are already taking the first steps towards making such a vaccine.
- The Swine Flu virus is sensitive to the antiviral drugs OSELATMIR or known as TAMIFLU and ZANAMIVIR or known as RELENZA. The center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends those drugs to prevent or treat swine flu.
- Drugs are mos effective when taken within 48hrs. from the start of flu symptoms.