FYI - Pig Flu 411

backtothefuture Sep 07, 2009

Just googling around and found this for teh pig flu (H1N1) on the web site. Posting for future reference.

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Q: What are the after effects of the swine flu? How long will they last?

A: It is expected that most people will recover without needing medical care.

If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed

The symptoms of novel H1N1 flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal flu infection. They include:

  • fever,
  • lethargy (lack of energy),
  • lack of appetite, and
  • coughing.

Some people with novel H1N1 flu have also reported:

  • runny nose,
  • sore throat,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • diarrhea.

Like seasonal flu, novel H1N1 flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Severe disease with pneumonia (a lung infection), respiratory failure, and even death is possible with novel H1N1 flu infection. Certain groups might be more likely to develop a severe illness from novel H1N1 flu infection, such as persons with chronic medical conditions. Sometimes bacterial infections may occur at the same time as or after infection with flu viruses and lead to pneumonias, ear infections, or sinus infections.

Ill people should also check with their healthcare provider about whether they should take antiviral medications (drugs that fight viruses).

Flu can lead to, or occur with, bacterial infections. Therefore, some people will also need to take antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria) if they have:

  • More severe or prolonged illness; or
  • An illness that seems to get better but then gets worse again.

People with novel H1N1 flu who are cared for at home should check with their healthcare provider about any special care they might need, especially if they are pregnant or have a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.

Also, persons with novel H1N1 flu virus infection should be considered potentially contagious (able to spread disease) for up to 7 days after illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might be contagious for longer periods.

If you are sick with H1N1 flu,

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). A fever is defined as having a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater.
  • Get plenty of rest;
  • Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from getting dehydrated (loosing too much fluid);
  • Cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues and after coughing or sneezing into hands;
  • Avoid close contact with others, including staying home from work or school; and
  • Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek medical attention

For more information about novel H1N1 influenza virus, please visit the Web site.

Please do not lick the pigsā€¦

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How people get the pig flu


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