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Swine flu pandemic in Mexico and New York…here’s everything you need to know about the Pig Virus, Symptoms and Precautions.

Posted on: April 25, 2009

Not so funny anymore! (image courtsey msnbc)

Not so funny anymore! (image courtsey msnbc)

The recent outbreak of the Swine flu in Mexico and U.S. has had a few alarm bells ringing with Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, stating that the American cases were found to be made up of genetic fragments from four different flu viruses and viruses with this genetic makeup had not previously been found to be circulating in humans or pigs. Reuters reported that the total number of Swine flu cases in U.S. has totaled to 8 whereas the same pandemic has claimed as many as 60 lives in Mexico. CDC has stated that they presently do not have enough info to fully assess the health threat poised by this new and unusual strain of H1N1 Swine flu.

While everyone is looking to find what they can to be prepared for the Swine flu pandemic, I’ve found a few things that would help you know more about Swine flu.

Swine Flu: Symptoms and Conditions

Swine flu is different from the common cold in a few ways and it usually comes on suddenly, causing mild to severe illness and sometimes resulting in death. Swine flu symptoms are listed below:
* High Fever
* Headache
* Sore throat
* Dry cough
* Extreme tiredness
* Muscle aches
* Stuffy or runny nose
* Nausea
* Loss of appetite
* Stomach symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea (both adult & children)

Precautions for Swine flu

* You can not get Swine flu from eating pork or pork products as the virus can not be transmitted by food. Any pork heated to 160°F while cooking is safe to be consumed.

* Human infection with Swine flu viruses are most likely when people either come in close proximity to infected pigs, such as livestock exhibits housing pigs at fairs or in pig barns. This can be further transferred human to human through sneezing or coughing of an infected person, much like common flu.

* CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment or prevention of Swine flu infection. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

* People with Swine flu virus infection should be considered potentially contagious up to 7 days from the onset of the illness. Children, especially younger children, might remain contagious for longer periods.

* As there is no vaccine available right now to protect against Swine flu, readers are urged to follow these everyday steps to protect themselves:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more information, visit the official CDC Website

Here is an emergency update video on Swine flu

Post Source: CDC Official Website


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6 Responses to "Swine flu pandemic in Mexico and New York…here’s everything you need to know about the Pig Virus, Symptoms and Precautions."

Please consider that mail in Mexico could assist its spread.

Do they lick the stamps, if it is spread in saliva, can it be spread inadvertently via the postal system to people?

Please consider, mail does travel more efficiently these days.

Thank you

Monica, I understand your concern but I’m sure stamps licked in Mexico is not a serious threat as the chances of the virus to sustain itself during the duration of transfer of the mail is highly impossible.
I hope the threat is removed sooner than later.

I’ve had almost all of those symtoms over the week, but have not had any contact with pigs or anyone that has been in contact with pigs. Is it possible that I have somthing similar or that I got it another way?

Abby, i have to be honest with you. I am not a professional so my advice may not be perfect but i have read that just like common flu, these virus may also spread by air when an infected person sneezes or coughs near others. The good news is that many of the symptoms of the Swine flu are similar to the common flu so that may be what you have.

I would suggest you to check your concern here with Professionals at http://www.freemedicalhelpline.com

Hope it works out for the best.

We are planning to travel with our family from South Africa to Scotland (Glasgow) via London and Germany / Austria in September 2009. The boys are 15 years, 12 years and 3 years old. Would you suggest we rather cancel the trip, due to the pandamic?

Karien, most of the Swine flu news is hyped and over exaggerated. The epidemic is showing up in most European countries but it is not as bad as the news is telling it to be. I understand your concern for your boys but I believe if you take adequate precautions as mentioned in the articles then your trip would be safe and enjoyable. I would also suggest you to consult a local doctor for general awareness about the epidemic before you leave for the trip.
Have a safe journey.

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