DID YOU KNOW?
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SWINE FLU?
The symptoms of swine flu in human is varied in nature. The infection can spread through a number of sources. Direct transmission from pigs, known as zoonotic swine flu, has happened occasionally with 50 cases and 6 deaths occurring since the first official report in 1958. The symptoms of the 2009 swine flu (H1N1 virus) is very similar to common influenza. The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, chills, cough, sore throat, body ache and fatigue. The pandemic that began in 2009 showed an increasing percentage of infected people who reporting diarrhoea and vomiting. The 2009 swine flu virus is not a zoonotic one as it is not transmitted from pigs to humans but has spread from person to person.
HOW CAN I PREVENT IT ?
There are three aspects or components of swine flu prevention. The three steps include –
Swine flu is diagnosed by identifying the particular antigens associated with the virus type, regualr medical check up or health screening. In general, this test is done in a specialized laboratory and is not done by many doctors’ offices or hospital laboratories. However, doctors’ offices are able to send specimens to specialized laboratories if necessary