Posted by: Jannie Cremer | 2009-07-09

H1N1 virus

Good morning.

Every day there is new reports of the virus spreading here in SA, but not once have I heard anything on precautions, symptoms etc.

How would one know that you have the virus at all?
What must you look out for?
Will it have the same symptoms as flu?

Can you please share you knowledge on this field.

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Hallo Jannie
We have about 30 cases in SA at the moment, but most are mild and no people died in SA yet. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Prevention would be to:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Stay home if you get sick.
Symptoms of swine flu:
1.Fever > 38 degrees
2.Body aches and pains
3.Runny nose, sore throat, coughing
4.Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
A quick way to differentiate - a cold affects you “above the neck” and a flu affects the whole body.

You will be most likely to catch it if you had contact with a confirmed case or after travelling on an airplane.
Dr Bets

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