2009 Influenza A (H1N1) (previously referred to as 'new strain of swine flu') is a new strain of the influenza virus that spreads from human to human.Influenza A (H1N1) is a viral respiratory disease that presents flu-like symptoms.
The symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1) are similar to the symptoms of the seasonal flu.These symptoms can vary in severity from mild to severe,and include the following:
Practice good personal hygiene and be socially responsible by:
Also, leading a healthy lifestyle helps to build up your immunity and protects you against infection.
There are antiviral medications available to treat Influenza A (H1N1),such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza).They fight against the Influenza A (H1N1) virus reproducing itself in the body. When taken early (within 2 days of the appearance of symptoms),these medicines may:
If you have travelled to any Influenza A (H1N1) affected areas or have come in close contact with a person with Influenza A (H1N1) and have developed a fever (temperature >38oC) with either cough,runny nose or sore throat within 7 days after your return,please contact your doctor.
The spread of Influenza A (H1N1) is similar to the seasonal flu. It can be spread when an infected person coughs,sneezes or speaks.It can also be spread when a person touches a contaminated surface and then touches his or her nose or mouth.
Influenza A (H1N1) in humans can range from mild illness to a serious, life-threatening illness. Deaths from pneumonia and respiratory failure have been reported with Influenza A (H1N1) infection.