Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Swine Flu - Symptoms and Precautions.

I have cancelled my regular post to publish this very important information regarding Swine Flu. I saw this in India Today and am reproducing it for public Information. Remember guys prevention is better than cure.

Symptoms and treatment
• The basic symptoms for swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu - fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, headache, body aches and fatigue.
• H1N1 strain is a mutated form of the swine virus. It is communicable only through human-to-human contact.
• Swine flu is not a food-borne disease and does not spread through pork.
• Tamiflu, Relenza are prescription drugs effective against these strains of Swine Flu.
• There is no vaccine for swine flu as yet.
• The incubation period is one to seven days.
• If an antiviral agent is warranted, it should ideally be initiated with 48 hours from the onset of symptoms.


Here are a few simple dos and don'ts that will help prevent spreading the infection.
• Maintain hygiene, wash hands frequently.
• Avoid contact with those who cough and sneeze.
• Avoid crowded places and social gatherings.
• If there are any symptoms, contact the doctor immediately as the treatment drugs are not available in the open market.
• If infected, stay home and avoid travelling.
• Always cover mouth while coughing or sneezing, to avoid the disease from spreading.

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