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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

pig influenza / swine flu

Pigs’ physical makeup allows them to contract—and to spread—influenza viruses to and from other species, such as humans and birds. Due to their susceptibility to influenza virus infections from other species, pigs can also serve as “mixing vessel hosts” that can produce new influenza virus strains that could pose a risk to human health.

Potential Symptoms:

1. fever
2. lethargy
3. lack of appetite
4. coughing
5. runny nose
6. sore throat
7. nausea
8. vomiting
9. diarrhea

It is important to remember that many of the signs and symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of regular flu. They may also stem from a variety of other conditions and illnesses. In other words, if you're feeling sick, don't immediately panic and assume the worst.

The word "IF"

"If you're sick, it's very important that people stay at home. If your children are sick, have a fever and flu-like illness, they shouldn't go to school. And if you're ill, you shouldn't get on an airplane or another public transport to travel. Those things are part of personal responsibility in trying to reduce the impact. "

If you're feeling ill, it's helpful to be aware of the symptoms of swine flu so that you can alert your doctor. They are similar to those of ordinary human flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, headache, and fatigue. In some cases, vomiting and diahrrea have also been reported.

Recommendations to avoid influenza

In order to prevent the transmission of influenza, the Secretary of health in Mexico indicated to:
1. Avoid crowded places
2. Avoid close spaces
3. Avoid salutations with the hand and kisses
4. Wear tissues to cover mouth and nose
5. Go to the doctor at the minimal sign of flu
6. Enhance your immunologic system
7. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
8. Sneeze in the arm, under the elbow, instead of doing it in the hand
9. Try to stay at home.
10. Never self-medicate
11. Eat fruit and do not drink alcohol nor smoke
12. Avoid sick people


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