What is swine flu?
What are its common symptoms?
Is it fatal?
How can it be treated?
Read this article to know everything about swine flu- from symptoms to how it can be treated.
What is swine flu?
Swine flu also known as swine influenza is a respiratory disease caused by H1N1 influenza virus. It first came into notice in 2009. Rates of H1N1 related diseases were constantly increasing just a few months after the initial cases of swine flu were reported because of which the World Health Organization(WHO) has to declare this infection a worldwide pandemic.The word “swine flu” means influenzain pigs. The first case of this disease was reported in a pig in 1930.
How swine flu spreads?
This virus is highly infectious and can spread from one human to another, from pigs to people or from people to pigs. It can spread either by breathing in the virus or by touching the surfaces infected with the virus and after that touching nose or mouth. It is found that if a person is suffering from swine flu about 9%-20% of household contact holds the likely chances of getting infected.
Who is at risk?
You must be thinking what are the likely chances of you getting infected from this virus. Anyone can get this virus but some people are more vulnerable than others. Those who are more likely to get infected are:
- Children up to the age of 14 years
- Pregnant women in the third trimester
- Those who suffer from asthma and other chronic diseases.
- People with kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes
- Obese people
What are the symptoms of H1N1?
The symptoms of H1N1 include
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Chills and fatigue
- Watery, red eyes
- Sore throat
Can you catch swine flu by eating pork?
There is a common myth among people that by eating pork you can get this virus. This is not true swine flu is not transmitted by eating pork or any pork products.
What can you do to prevent yourself or your family from catching swine flu?
- Avoid contact as much as possible with people who are infected from this virus
- Stay at home if you have symptoms of swine flu
- When you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
- Get yourself regularly tested.
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