Friday, August 14, 2009

** Beware of Swine Flu in India - Part 1

Nowadays whole India is wondering due to the outbreak of Swine Flu. As usual the rumors are started to spread across the world about this swine flu and as per the instructions we all are wearing N95 type masks and roaming here and there. But the thing is many people don't know what is swine flu? How to prevent it? What are the remedy steps that we should follow? What we should do to avoid spreading of it? and etc. So just for the information for all of we will discuss here about the swine flu and the related issue.

What is Swine flu?

It is the flu that was caused by influenza type A virus, which are regular outbreaks among herds of pigs. It can causes high levels of illness but is rarely fatal. It is very common throughout pigs worldwide and if it starts to spread across human beings, then it would lead to the production of antibodies in the blood. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.It is called "swine flu" because initial testing showed many of the genes in the virus were similar to influenza viruses normally occurring in North American swine.

What are the symptoms?

Swine flu symptoms are moreover same like when we get a fever with cold. Swine flu symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular flu and include fever of over 100.4°F, fatigue, lack of appetite, and cold. Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Nearly everyone with flu has at least two of these symptoms.

What is the treatment?

Antiviral drugs can be used to treat swine flu or to prevent infection with swine flu viruses. The anti-viral medicines oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are being used to treat people with swine flu. Antiviral drugs work by preventing the flu virus from reproducing. Tamiflu is approved for prevention and treatment in people 1 year old and older. Relenza is approved for treatment of people 7 years old and older and for prevention in people 5 years old and older. These medications must be prescribed by a health care professional.

To be continued...


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