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Swine Fly H1N1 Virus

Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs but is spread primarily from person to person if the person comes in contact with infected pigs or contaminated environment.

Like other strains of the flu, H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze can cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like door knobs, waiting to be picked up.

Symptoms:

At least 2 of the following:

  • Rhinorrhea or nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Other:
  • Anorexia
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills, fatigue
  • Diarrhoea & vomiting.

Causes of swine flu

Swine flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus that usually only infects pigs. Unlike typhus, which can be transmitted by lice or ticks, transmission usually occurs from person to person, not animal to person.

You can’t catch swine flu from eating properly cooked pork products.

Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus particles. People may spread it by:

Sneezing

Coughing

Touching a germ-covered surface and then touching their eyes or nose.

 

Dietary guidelines:

  • Get plenty of rest. This will help your immune system focus on fighting the infection.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to prevent dehydration. Soup and clear juices will help replenish your body of lost nutrients.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers for symptoms such as headache and sore throat.
  • Good quality protein and healthy fats should be included.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Consume whole fruits, vegetables & grains.
  • Pork is safe to eat and should be cooked properly.
  • Consume foods which are easy on GI.

 

Preventing swine flu

The best way to prevent swine flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination. Other easy ways to prevent swine flu include:

  • frequently washing hands with soap or hand sanitizer
  • Not touching your nose, mouth, or eyes (The virus can survive on surfaces like telephones and tabletops.)
  • staying home from work or school if you’re ill.
  • avoiding large gatherings when swine flu is in season

 

 

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