The recent outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu) virus causes symptoms similar to those of seasonal flu such as fever, chills, headache, upper respiratory tract symptoms (cough, sore throat, rhinorrhoea/runny nose, shortness of breath), myalgias (muscle aches), arthralgias (joint aches), fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea.
In most people, the illness is generally mild and self-limiting, but fatalities can occur. The risk of severe disease or complications is higher in people with chronic illness such as diabetes, and kidney disease especially in younger children and elderly.
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