Friday, July 31, 2009

H1N1 General Information

What is H1N1 virus?...

“Swine flu” was the name originally given to a new strain of the flu that first appeared in Mexico in the Spring of 2009, but is now more accurately described as H1N1 flu, because it is now understood that the H1N1 virus is a mix of swine, human, and avian strains of the flu virus.

It has spread to the United States and around the world and there is a risk that it will develop into a worldwide pandemic.

The new virus was first detected in people in the U.S. in April 2009. The virus spreads from person to person in much the same way as seasonal influenza viruses.

The symptoms of H1N1?

* fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
* cough
* sore throat
* muscle aches
* headache
* chills
* fatigue
* diarrhea (not common)
* vomiting (not common)

How it spread?...

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

How to avoid from been infected?..

  • Practice normal daily hygiene
  • Wash your hands frequently, particularly after a cough or sneeze
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Throw out tissue immediately after use
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill
  • Limit contact with others to avoid infecting them if you are ill
  • Do not share towels, glasses, food or toothbrushes or have other close contact with an affected person
  • Get tested by a health care professional for H1N1 if you exhibit multiple signs/symptoms of H1N1 flu
What country confirmed to have H1N1 cases?...

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