Monday, April 27, 2009

Latest Outbreak Mexico Swine Flu Vaccine/Cure

The last time it was bird flu in Asia, now it's swine flu halfway around
the world centered in Mexico City.

I found it funny for some people I know who reacted to the latest news update about swine flu where they sought out flu vaccine as if the P1000 shot they got is is effective against the virus. At least they're protected from human flu for a year but not against swine flu

Herewith are some words of wisdom for swine flu accoriding to WHO:

Q. What is swine flu?

Swine flu is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease normally
found in pigs (swine)

Latest news on swine flu points to a possible pandemic with numerous
deaths in Mexico City, as well as reported cases in Texas and canada.

Q. Swine Flu Symptoms?

A. Sudden fever above 38 degrees (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough,
headache, aching joints, nasal congestion and general fatigue.

Q. How to perform swine flu diagnosis

A. Clinical examination of secretions from the nose and mouth in the
first 24-72 hours after presenting symptoms, and a study of blood
samples to detect existence of influenza virus.

Q. Where do swine flu outbreaks occur?

A. Swine flu is found in the United States, and outbreaks in pigs have
also been reported Canada , South America, Europe, Africa and parts of
eastern Asia. Latest surveillance reported two suspected cases in Paris,
France; 10 "likely" cases in New Zealand et al.

Q. Is there such a thing as swine flu vaccine?

A. While pigs in North America are vaccinated for swine flu, no vaccine
exists for humans. The flu virus evolves quickly, meaning that vaccines
are soon useless.

Q. How do humans get infected with the swine flu virus?

A. Infections is via contact with pigs, some new cases point to
human-to-human transmission though.

Q. Is it safe to eat pork in food?

A. According to The World Health Organization, properly handled and
prepared pork products are safe to eat. The swine flu virus dies when
cooked at temperatures of 160ºF/70ºC higher.

Q. What are possible treatments for swine flu (cure)?

A. The swine flu virus detected in Mexico and the United States appears
to respond to treatment with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir
(Relenza). Be wary of side effects though in misuse.

Q. How to prevent swine flu infection:

A. For swine flu prevention, follow these tips:

maintain good hygiene e.g. regular hand-washing and staying a safe
distance from those infected, wear a mask. Do not greet someone with a
kiss or handshake; do not share food, cutlery or glasses; ventilate
homes and offices, keep clean common items such as telephones.

Sources: WHO latest news and information on Swine Flu

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