Be aware of swine flu!

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>> Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Today during lunch time, some cafeteria personnel were distributing the mask for the prevention of swine flu. Everyone was taking and so do I. It was appreciable and good precaution step that university has taken. I am trying to add little contribution in spreading awareness about swine flu through this post. Swine flu also called as swine influenza is an infection by any one of the several swine influenza virus as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2 and H2N3 commonly present in swine (pig) population thus named as swine virus. Two influenza antiviral medications recommended for use against novel H1N1 flu are oseltamivir (trade name Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (Relenza ®).
General symptoms of swine flu are cough, fever which is usually high but is sometimes absent, bodyaches, sorethroat, chills, vomiting and diarrhea, tiredness, headache, chest discomfort. Swine flu is not transmitted eating pork meat. CDC (Centers for diseases control and prevention) has stated that it is safe to eat properly handled and cooked pork meat. Some other daily tips that has stated by CDC for protection against swine flu are as follows. They seem pretty simple but following such small things will prevent spreading of swine flu in greater extent.

1) While coughing or sneezing always cover your nose and mouth with tissue and throw it to trash.
2) Hands should be washed properly with soap and water especially after cough or sneeze.
3) Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. It may spread the germ.
4) If you have flu-like illness, it is recommended to stay home for at least 24 h. after your fever is gone. Fever should be gone without the use of an antipyretic medicine.
5) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
For detail information please visit the CDC homepage.


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