KNOW ABOUT 'SWINE FLU'

swine flu
The report of ‘"Six fresh cases of swine flu in Delhi' today morning and my daughter’s demand forced me to know more about this disease.   

What is swine flu ?  To get the answer in layman's language, I searched internet which retrieved me to a very reliable website called MedicineNet.com . The slogan of that website is so catchy 'We bring Doctor's knowledge to you'.

It is true that when the expert advice comes from a professional hand, it inspires the user.  For me it always sounds good when health advice comes from a doctor. 

Health experts define swine flu as respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs which result in barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions etc.  The virus can create havoc by transmitting to humans as well.  It is the most contagious disease.   The first outbreak of this disease is reported in 2009 and the virus responsible for swine flu is H1N1.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent it.  Two antiviral agents zanamivir (Relenza) and Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) help prevent the effects of this dreaded disease, provided if the affected persons takes within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

Since, swine flu is contagious, it is better to be very cautious in oral hygiene, especially in public places.

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