Swine flu reached at alarming rate with six deaths including four of city were reported in Chandigarh so far and has raised serious question mark on the functioning and preparation of the health department to the cases of Swine flu. The situation has reached where the administration and health department has to take serious measure to prevent the spread of the swine flu and save the lives of the people. The six deaths due to swine flu include a 35 year old woman of Sector 52 in Chandigarh, a 47 year old of Kuruksjetra were reported yesterday according to Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, the nodal officer of the UT Health Department. Other persons who died following Swine flu are comprising of a 42-year-old man from Sector 35 on While On July 20, a 60-year-old woman from Maloya on July 26, a 35-year-old man from Himachal Pradesh on July 29, a 55-year-old head constable of Chandigarh Police on July 31.
According to The Medicinenet.com
What to Do if You Think You Have H1N1 Swine Flu Virus
If you’ve got fever, cough, or one of the other symptoms of the flu, you may be wondering if you have contracted the H1N1 swine flu virus. The reality is that it isn’t possible to know unless specialized testing is ordered, and for uncomplicated cases of the flu in non-hospitalized patients, routine testing for the H1N1 virus is not being carried out.
What is Swine flu (H1N1 and H3N2v influenza virus)
- Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in a barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions, and listless behavior; the virus can be transmitted to humans.
- Swine flu viruses may mutate (change) so that they are easily transmissible among humans.
- The April 2009 swine flu outbreak (pandemic) was due to infection with the H1N1 virus and was first observed in Mexico.
- Symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to most influenza infections: fever (100 F or greater), cough, nasal secretions, fatigue, and headache.
- The incubation period for the disease is about one to four days.
- Swine flu is contagious about one day before symptoms develop to about five to seven days after symptoms develop; some patients may be contagious for a longer time span.
- The disease lasts about three to seven days with more serious infections lasting about nine to 10 days.
- Vaccination is the best way to prevent or reduce the chances of becoming infected with influenza viruses.
- Primary-care specialists, pediatricians, and emergency-medicine doctors usually treat the disease, but other specialists may be consulted if the flu is severe and complicated.