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Swine Flu advisory

Posted by gandhi rajan on Thu, Sep 3, 2009  
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                     H1N1 Virus / Swine Flu is spreading across the country at an alarming speed and has started affecting unsuspecting population across cities. This virus is highly contagious and has already proven fatal in a few cases. But if symptoms are identified early and appropriate treatment taken timely, it is totally curable with a few days of medication. However, it is best if we remain alert and take adequate precautions so that we do not catch the infection in the first place.


Know the symptoms


 Headache, Running Nose / Stuffy Nose, Sore Throat, Cough, Fever, Joint Pain, Fatigue, Vomiting & Diarrhea


Some Additional Information


Cases of Swine Flu may also have similar symptoms of seasonal flu:

         1. the worst symptoms usually last for about five days, but coughing can last up to two to three weeks

       2. some very young children, people with some long-term medical conditions, pregnant women, and older people, can get very sick


          3. in rare instances, severe illness may result in death of the patient

Few important things which can reduce Swine flu infection


Soap and water can reduce the chance of infection by 30%. All you need to do is keep washing your hand with soap and water frequently.


And most importantly, stop touching your face. Make it a conscious effort to observe and stop. Another side effect of not touching your face too often - your skin looks better!


Use a face mask whenever out, avoid gathering in places like theater, prayer halls, use a lot of alcohol sanitizers/dettol, and have boiled water.


Symptoms in children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: 

 

     Fast breathing or trouble breathing  

     

     Bluish or gray skin color


     Not drinking enough fluids 

     

     Severe or persistent vomiting


     Not waking up or not interacting


     Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held


     Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

     

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:


Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath


Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen


Sudden dizziness


Severe or persistent vomiting


Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

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