The H1N1 virus that’s responsible for the deadly ‘swine flu’ has killed so far till todate, 4th of August 2009, at least 1,154 people worldwide, WHO says.
The virus was first discovered in
We heard a lot about the flu, but once again to review some critical points. The followings are mainly taken from the World Health Organisation and Washington State Department of Health. It’s just to stay informed.
According to WHO: This is a new influenza A(H1N1) virus that has never before circulated among humans. This virus is not related to previous or current human seasonal influenza viruses.
How the virus is spreading? It is transmitted as easily as the normal seasonal flu and can be passed to other people by exposure to infected droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing that can be inhaled, or that can contaminate hands or surfaces.
Symptoms? Symptoms are flu-like, including fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and runny nose, and sometimes vominig and diarrhoea.
Vaccines? Influenza vaccines are one of the most effective ways to keep protected against the flu. Personal hygiene is among other preventive measures. However, there is no vaccine that can protect us against H1N1 at this time.
Treatment? According to Washington State Department of Health: ‘We believe that antiviral medications can reduce the severity of symptoms. The commercial names of the antivirals are Tamiflu (a pill) and Relenza (an inhaler). Antivirals must be prescribed by a health care professional.’
Don’t confuse Swine Flu (H1N1) with Bird Flu (caused by a virus subtype H5N1).
Take care and Good luck.