Jan 13, 2011

Swine Flu - Symptoms + Protection ..

Swine influenza, also called pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu and pig flu, is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) or S-OIV (swine-origin influenza virus) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

Symptoms :

According to the CDC, like seasonal flu, symptoms of swine flu infections can include:
  • fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
  • cough
  • runny nose or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
  • diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal flu 

Prevention : 

- Use antibacterial wipes to wipe your keyboard, phones or anything that a lot of people use
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Generally be clean, basic good hygiene helps a lot
- Stay away from sick people
- Cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Dispose off used tissues properly immediately after use.
- Regularly wash hands with soap and water.
- If you have flu-like symptoms, seek medical advice immediately.
- If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home from work, school or crowded places.
- Avoid hugging, kissing and shaking hands when greeting.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

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