How common is Swine FLU?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 13, 2011

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Quick Bites

  • The swine flu (H1N1 virus) is a new influenza virus.
  • It was first diagnosed in humans in Mexico during March 2009.
  • The symptoms of swine flu are similar to that of a seasonal flu.
  • you need to pay special attention to personal hygiene for prevention.

The swine flu, also referred to as H1N1 virus, is a new influenza virus that can cause illness in people. The influenza was first diagnosed in humans in Mexico during March 2009. Not just these two nations, swine flu has spread to many countries over a short period of time.


In June 2009, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the world is at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic. It is believed to be pandemic similar to the one in 1918 and subsequent ones, with the same potential to kill. Unlike earlier pandemics, this one is fuelled by the ever growing international travel which has lead to the fast spreading pandemic. Although, the world today is better prepared for the pandemic than it was earlier for pandemics.


In India, the government authorities had swung into action and taken up many public health measures to contain, or mitigate the pandemic. Guidelines on several aspects of the pandemic preparedness have been issued from time to time.


The symptoms

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to that of a seasonal flu. One may experience cough, sore throat, fever, chills, headache, lethargy, lack of appetite, nausea and diarrhoea.


Aches, Fatigue, Loss of Appetite, Chills

Body aches, aching muscles, joint pain and headaches that persist should be reported. If you experience a sudden loss in appetite with lethargy or suffer from chills, it can be symptoms of swine flu.


Sudden Fever, Cough

There can be a sudden fever and a sudden cough, which may or may not accompany other aches. If you have a sudden temperature and start coughing, consult with your physician.


Cold Symptoms

Apart from a fever and cough, cold symptoms such as a sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, andsneezing are likely.


Diarrhoea, Stomach Upset, Vomiting

Diarrhoea, stomach upset and vomiting are not the sure signs, but sometimes accompany cold symptoms. These signs also indicate that something is wrong.


To shield yourself, you need to pay special attention to personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid contact with those affected, try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.




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