Sunday, March 20, 2016

Swine Flu On The Rise In Jamaica, Cause, Symptoms And Cure


Sixty-nine cases of the H1N1 virus also called Swine Flu are confirmed in Jamaica after 187 individuals were tested. 

The virus has claimed the life of six people including two doctors. 
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 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
The symptoms of swine flu are very much like those of regular influenza. They include:
  • ·       chills
  • ·       fever
  • ·       coughing
  • ·       sore throat
  • ·       runny or stuffy nose
  • ·       body aches
  • ·       fatigue
  • ·       diarrhea
  • ·       nausea and vomiting

The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches. If further treatment is needed or complications develop, medication is available to treat flu caused by the H1N1 virus. This includes:
  • antiviral medications – oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir Relenza help relieve symptoms and reduce the risk of serious complications
  • Antibiotics– to combat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, which may occur as a complication of influenza.


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