Swine Flu - All your questions about this virus ...

Do you have any questions about Swine Flu? Want to know how it affected in Bangalore? Read more details in this article.

Swine Flu - All your questions about this virus ...

The "swine flu", after hitting Mexico and the United States, spread to virtually all of the planet. It changed its name by becoming the influenza A (H1N1), and has become pandemic. But this virus, what is it? How it is picked? Is it treatable?

What type of virus is this?

This, according to experts, a respiratory disease from pig. The influenza A (H1N1) is the result of recombination, in the body of the pig of three others: the swine flu, the avian and human influenza type A subtype H1N1.

Why the virus out now?

It is not yet known while in the genes they have not encountered before. It is however found in pigs a melting pot ideal for development, the animal easily catching different types of flu. On the web, conspiracy theories of the most incredible already abound.

What are the symptoms?

They are not specific and similar to those of influenza (known as "seasonal"). This fever of up to 41 ° C, dry cough in the form of fifths, runny nose, pain and / or muscle (ache) and fatigue. They appear after 24 to 48 hours of incubation and can persist for a week.

How it can be caught?

Not eating meat, even pork, because the virus does not survive cooking. But man to man, by direct airborne transmission it spreads. Hence the recommendations to wear masks in the event of contact with an infected patient. The patient is contagious 24 to 48 hours before the onset of signs, and 4 to 5 days after their disappearance, according to Dr. Jean-Claude Manuguerra of the Pasteur Institute, Chairman of the fight against influenza.

Who can touch it?

The disease can affect anyone, even "the young healthy adults, authorities warn of global health. If it is very contagious and propoage quickly, it is not very virulent. But among the vulnerable such as children, the elderly or patients with chronic diseases and / or deficit of the immune system, the risk is greater.

Is there a vaccine against this disease?

Yes, pigs. For men, it will be available in the fall. The vaccine against seasonal human influenza will not protect against influenza A (H1N1), the World Health Organization (WHO) has entrusted the development of a vaccine strain present in several laboratories. According to Sanofi Pasteur, n ° 1 worldwide vaccine, four months are needed to develop, between the time the lab receives the strain and the moment when, after clinical trials, he obtained permission marketing .

Can the swine flu be cured?

There are antiviral drugs that can treat this. Tamiflu, a drug-based use of oseltamivir against avian influenza, is effective for this virus. There is also Zanamivir (Relenza), another antiviral that is effective. Cases of resistance to antiviral drugs have been reported.

What if you travel?

The government website Info pandemic advice to comply with the recommendations of local health authorities to prevent the assembly, to wash hands often and use a hydroalcoholic solution, aerate regularly places of residence, d ' Avoid contact with sick people and to consult a doctor if fever or flu-like symptoms. Even record to return in case of fever above 38 ° or other signs within 7 days, you should contact her doctor.

Extra info: The first death to swine flu in bangalore is a young lady school teacher named Roopa. She died in the St. Philomina's hospital and the doctors have confirmed that she died of Swine flu itself.


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