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Colds and flu

Updated 11 July 2014

'I had swine flu'

South Africa's 13th swine flu patient is up and about and doing much better, thanks to quick action from his doctor.

South Africa's 13th swine flu patient is up and about and doing much better, thanks to quick action from his doctor.

Very high fever
"I had a very high fever. Then I experienced cold shivers."

  • A recent onset of fever (≥38ºC) with sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, cough, myalgia and/or gastrointestinal symptoms; and
  • Recent travel or close contact with someone who is a suspected/confirmed case of swine flu in the seven days prior to the onset of symptoms.

  • Refrain from touching your mouth and nose;
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based handrub, especially if touching your mouth and nose and surfaces that are potentially contaminated;
  • Reduce as much as possible the time spent in close contact with people who might be ill;
  • Reduce as much as possible the time spent in crowded settings;
  • Improve airflow in your living space by opening your windows as much as possible.

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell and follow the local public health recommendations;
  • Keep distance from well individuals as much as possible (at least 1m);
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you're coughing or sneezing, with tissues or other suitable materials, to contain respiratory secretions;
  • Dispose of the material immediately after use, or wash it;
  • Clean your hands immediately after contact with respiratory secretions; and
  • Improve airflow in your living space by opening your windows as much as possible.

 

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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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