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swine flu 101
What is it?
• A new, severe flu strain derived partly from a human flu virus and partly from several strains of influenza virus usually found only in pigs. It is called swine influenza A (H1N1).
• This is an entirely new and unknown virus.
• Swine flu viruses do spread from human to human, but in the past, this transmission was limited, the CDC says. The A (H1N1) is spreading human-to-human.
• If it spreads effectively, it can cause a global epidemic - a pandemic. The impact of such a pandemic is difficult to predict: it depends on many factors including virulence of the virus and existing human immunity.
• Fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing.
• Possible other symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
• Many of the victims in Mexico contracted fatal pneumonia, possibly from secondary infections.
• If you have symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading the infection. Stay home for two days after symptoms are gone.
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands frequently.
• Go to the hospital if you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, but otherwise stay home.
• Masks may be recommended for people in close contact with swine flu patients, but there is no general need for them.
• No. It is safe to eat properly handled/cooked pork.
• The CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) for the treatment and/or prevention.
• Recommendations for these antiviral drugs may change.
• There is no vaccine.
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