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Colds and flu

07 May 2010

H1N1 Often Hit the Young and Healthy

WHO report, issued a year after outbreak began, finds this flu had new targets

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The H1N1 flu disproportionately affected children and young adults, not the older adults normally taken by the traditional flu, states the report, which appears in the May 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • H1N1 spread very much like the "regular" flu and has been common in crowded places such as schools, day-care settings, camps and hospitals.
  • Like the seasonal flu, symptoms can include coughing, fever and a sore throat but, unlike the seasonal flu, many people had gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Because symptoms can be similar, H1N1 may have been mistaken for other infections which are treatable, such as malaria or Legionnaire's Disease.
  • The virus does respond to Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), but is mostly resistant to amantadine and rimantadine.

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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