Recently, the new disease known as Swine Flu rapidly spreading across Mexico, US and other parts of the world. It’s reported that the disease has killed up to 86 people in Mexico. More than thousand people are infected by Swine flu and if it continues to spread without any preventive measures or effective flu vaccine, Swine Flu could become a major pandemic because it is a new virus that can spread from person to person. The World Health Organization just declared the Swine Flu a “Public Health Emergency Of International Concern”
Therefore, it is very important for everyone to know what is Swine Flu about and how to prevent it. I had compiled a list of important Question and Answers for your reading purpose. Please read and understand it properly as it concerns our lives.
What is Swine Flu?
Swine Flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus. It’s a common disease in pigs especially during winter months.
How does swine flu spread among people?
Swine Flu viruses can infect humans but this is uncommon. In the past, the transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people. This time, the Swine Flu viruses are different because of its subtype viruses not seen before in humans and pigs. Unlike common swine flu, this one can spread from person to person.
Is this Swine Flu virus contagious and dangerous?
Yes, this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and dangerous. Still unknown how easily the virus spreads between people.
How does Swine Flu spread?
It happends in the same way as seasonal flu spreads. Through people’s coughing or sneezing with influenza. Besides that, people may get infected by touching something with flu virusses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
What are the signs and symptoms flu?
The flu symptoms are almost the same with general flu. Patient will get Fever, cough, fatigue, lack of appetite, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, vomiting or diarrhea.
Is there any Influenza vaccine (flu shot) against Swine Flu?
(Not in human but in pigs) However, early indications of patients have been successfully treated with the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza. Although they cannot prevent flu but they can limit its severity, hus save lives if proper treatment taken as soon as symptoms develop. Scientists are still finding the right flu shot(flu vaccine) to eliminate the virus but it takes longer time to develop.
How to protect myself from getting Swine Flu?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread fast this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, stay at home from work or school to keep from spreading the virus. Please seek immediate emergency medical care if you become ill of influenza.
- Cover you cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible.
Can I get Swine Flu from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. Cooking also kills the viruses.
Who is at greatest risk?
In Mexico, the virus appears target those aged 20 to 40. In the US, the virus attacked children who are suffering only mild illness. Still no accurate statistic to show that which age category is under the greatest risk.
This is a worldwide pandemic and everyone should closely monitoring the situation and take proper precautions steps to prevent disease from becoming worse. Let’s start to spread this important information to your family and friends. Together we can make this world better.