Hundreds are falling prey to the deadly strain of H1N1, also known has swine flu. Reports of casualties and victims are coming from all over the country. As of now, almost 9000 cases have been reported from all over India with the death toll of 312 and it only seems to be rising. People need to be aware in order to fight the problem.
WHAT IS SWINE FLU?
The term “swine flu” refers to influenza in pigs and is believed to be transmitted from them to humans. The virus is actually a combination of viruses from pigs, birds and humans. In 2009, The World health Organization or the WHO declared Swine Flu as a global pandemic due to the unusually high scale of death. In 2010, the pandemic was declared over.
But it seems to be back. It’s only fair that we learn and know about it so as to be better equipped to deal with it.
The symptoms are very similar to a regular flu. They usually appear about 3 days from infection. The most common of them are”
- Fever and Fatigue
- Cough and Chills
- Sore throat
- Runny Nose or Stuffed Nose
- Watery, red eyes
- Body and Headaches
- Diarrhea, Nausea and vomiting
Catching Swine Flu from consuming pork is a MYTH. It is caused by inhaling contaminated droplets or transferring live virus from a contaminated surface to your eyes, nose or mouth. The Influenza viruses after entering the body infect the cells that line your nose, throat and lungs.
VACCINATION is your best prevention The CDCP aka The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone older than six months to be annually vaccinated either nasally, if you’re healthy and not pregnant or as an injection.
Oseltamivir tablet, commonly called Fluvir, Tamiflu and Anti-Flu, when started early, is an effective treatment against the virus.