H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

What is H1N1 Flu?

H1N1 Flu, also called Swine Flu, is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by "Type A" influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

The flu typically spreads between pigs, however human infections have been reported.

Symptoms of H1N1 Flu

H1N1 Flu has the typical symptoms of regular seasonal flu including: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and in some cases diarrhoea and vomiting.

In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with H1N1 Flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, H1N1 Flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

H1N1 Flu Treatment

There are no vaccines that contain the current H1N1 influenza virus causing illness in human.

However, treatment with antivirals, such as Oseltamivir, has been successful in outbreak areas. Prevention Methods

1. Stay in good general health.

2. Get plenty of sleep.

3. Be physically active.

4. Manage your stress.

5. Drink plenty of fluids.

6. Eat nutritious food.

7. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Through the tissue in the trash after you use it.

8. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.

9. Avoid touching your eyes nose or mouth.

10. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

What To Do In case of Infection or Suspected Infection

If you suspect that you have any of the above symptoms, please visit the nearest hospital. Health facilities are on alert and will provide the appropriate care measures for suspected or confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu.