Swine (Pig) Flu: Basic Facts



This is a brief journal for some of the salient information about this pandemic flu that stirs the globe. Relevant links about this disease are also provided for quick reference.  SWINE INFLUEZA IS:

  • A disease from pigs with H1N1 subtype virus
  • It first infected humans in the U.S. and Mexico in April 2009
  • It is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine(Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine)
  • It is sensitive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza).
  • Symptoms include Systemic (fever – over 38C or 100.4F), nasapharynx (runny nose, sore throat), intestinal (diaarrhea), psychological (lethargy and lack of appetite), respiratory (coughing) and gastric (nausea and vomiting), including aching muscles and joints
  • People who are more at risk include those who have: chronic lung disease, asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic kidyney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease (neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis), with suppressed immune systesm, diabetes, pregnant women, people aged 65 and older, including children under 5 years old
  • It spreads in the same way as ordinary colds and flu by coughing and sneezing; touching surfaces like handrails, telephones, door handles and key boardsMysouthwestga.Com

For more additional facts about this flu, visit the following websites: MedicineNet.Com, Wikipedia, BBC News, MySouthWestGA.Com, SwineFluBritain.

If you want to share your thoughts about this, why not click this LINK and share your concern. Have your say known to other people around the world. Are you not worried, little bit or you’re worrying too much about the predicted outbreak of the flu?


~ by reymos on July 30, 2009.

3 Responses to “Swine (Pig) Flu: Basic Facts”

  1. Tell us what you think of the swine flu pandemic


    Sean Rushforth

    • Frankly, Im a little bit worried because I dont want to get sick while travelling. Im only worried because I will be travelling to Asia in two months time. On the other hand, it is much a concern but people should be aware on how to prevent not to be caught by it. Proper hygiene is the key prevention. Since old people is the critical population, then the government should be aware of their condition, provide them regular attention especially this coming winter.

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