Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Swine Flu Symptoms and Prevention

What is Influenza A, AH1N1 Virus, Swine Flu

Swine influenza (also known as pig flu, hog flu and swine flu) is caused by SIV or swine influenza virus. SIV is usually hosted by pigs and may pass around among these animals throughout the year. The reported SIV strains that are affecting many people as of March 2009 are the influenza C virus and the subtypes of influenza A virus (H1N1, H2N3, H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2). Among these influenza A virus subtypes, the A(H1N1) is considered to be the most common since it had already killed and affected lots of people worldwide.

Symptoms of Swine Flu in Humans

According to a few studies, the apparent symptoms of swine flu or AH1N1 in humans are similar to that of regular influenza and these include the following:

  • sore throat
  • fever
  • headache
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • body aches
  • nausea
  • chills
  • shortness of breath

In the 2009 outbreak, several swine flu patients have been reported to suffer from vomiting and diarrhea.

How to Prevent Swine Flu

  • Consider taking Vitamin C supplement and multivitamins
  • Get more sleep and eat healthy and nutritious food
  • Regularly wash and rub your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid sharing drinks or utensils
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • Refrain from touching your face
  • Wear a facemask as ordered by authorities
  • Stay updated and refrain from traveling to affected or crowded areas

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