The Symptoms And How to Prevent Swine Flu
Swine Flu is spreading across India and several other parts of the world. The total number of deaths this disease has bought has now breached 1115 mark and over 20000 people have been affected with this H1N1 virus.
Facts about Swine Flu Virus
- Swine flu is a respiratory disease which is caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs.
- The virus used to spread only among pigs, but it has now become deadly for humans too.
- This contagious disease spread quickly from person to person through air, saliva particles and mucus.
- Children below the age of three years, pregnant women and adults above the age of 60 are the people who are at the most risk.
- It also affects people with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and cardiac diseases.
- The top fact is that, Swine flue can be diagnosed only through a test in a specialized laboratory by identifying the particular antigens associated with the virus type.
Symptoms of Swine Flu.
The most symptoms of this virus are the same as seasonal flu, which includes:
- Sore throat.
- Stuff or runny nose.
- Body aches.
Individuals who have swine flue can be contagious one day before they show any symptoms, making it highly dangerous.
The additional symptoms that have been reported by people with sine flue are vomitting, diarrhea, myalgia and dyspnea.
Causes of Swine Flue.
This highly contagious virus spreads in the same way as the other seasonal flu. The tiny sprayed drops when people cough or sneeze shoots out virus into the air. And, if you come in contact with these spray drops or touch the surface where they might have did, you can catch the deadly H1N1 swine flue virus.
Tests for Swine Flu?
It sure is hard to tell whether a person is having sine flue or seasonal flue. Most of the symptoms are the same. But, people affected with the h1n1 flue maybe more likely to feel nauseous and throw up than people who have seasonal flu. It is always good to do a lab test, which is the only way to make sure.
Your doctor takes a sample from your nose or throat for the test. People who need not to be tested are those in the hospital or those at high risk for getting diseases like swine flu.
Tips to Prevent Swine Flue.
- If you’re sick, stay home. If you have it, you better not spread it to others .
- Avoid contact. Try to stay away from crowds as much as possible as you can.
- Avoid swine barns at seasonal fairs and elsewhere.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Make sure you use soap and water to wash your hands every now and then.
- Avoid people who are sick. (At all costs)
- Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth.
Over to you.
Swine flu sure is a dangerous disease. Make sure you do everything to avoid and prevent it at all costs. Stay safe, stay healthy.