Last Updated on Nov 20, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Which doctor should I see if I have symptoms of Flu that may turn out to be Swine Flu?

See an Infectious disease specialist doctor or a general physician

2) What are the travel recommendations if I wish to travel to a high risk (infected zone) country?

Avoid travel to infected areas as far as possible. If travel is unavoidable follow the following tips:-
  • Minimize human contact
  • Conduct meetings in well ventilated areas
  • If you suspect symptoms consult an infectious diseases specialist immediately
3) Is there a Vaccine against this flu that I can take?

No at present there are no vaccines and it may tale upto six-months to develop one.

4) If I have symptoms of flu should I see my doctor immediately?

Yes it is recommended that you should see the doctor immediately.

5) What universal precautions can I take to prevent this infection from being transmitted to others?

Wear a mask if you live in an infected zone and wash your hands frequently with soap if you touch anything.

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lillyadams790 Thursday, November 11, 2010

I am so worried about catching the swine flu. I have done everything in my power to protect myself and my family. Even to the point that if it were to become so out of control that we needed to be locked in our house for some time due to the pandemic.

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prema Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An interesting Abstract from a recent paper on Swine Flu

Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Investigation Team

Background - On April 15 and April 17, 2009, novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV) was identified in specimens obtained from two epidemiologically unlinked patients in the United States. The same strain of the virus was identified in Mexico, Canada, and elsewhere. We describe 642 confirmed cases of human S-OIV infection identified from the rapidly evolving U.S. outbreak.

Methods - Enhanced surveillance was implemented in the United States for human infection with influenza A viruses that could not be subtyped. Specimens were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for real-time reverse-transcriptase–polymerase-chain-reaction confirmatory testing for S-OIV.

Results- From April 15 through May 5, a total of 642 confirmed cases of S-OIV infection were identified in 41 states. The ages of patients ranged from 3 months to 81 years; 60% of patients were 18 years of age or younger. Of patients with available data, 18% had recently traveled to Mexico, and 16% were identified from school outbreaks of S-OIV infection.

The most common presenting symptoms were fever (94% of patients), cough (92%), and sore throat (66%); 25% of patients had diarrhea, and 25% had vomiting. Of the 399 patients for whom hospitalization status was known, 36 (9%) required hospitalization. Of 22 hospitalized patients with available data, 12 had characteristics that conferred an increased risk of severe seasonal influenza, 11 had pneumonia, 8 required admission to an intensive care unit, 4 had respiratory failure, and 2 died. The S-OIV was determined to have a unique genome composition that had not been identified previously.

Conclusions A novel swine-origin influenza A virus was identified as the cause of outbreaks of febrile respiratory infection ranging from self-limited to severe illness. It is likely that the number of confirmed cases underestimates the number of cases that have occurred.

Raja Ramachandran, Senior Resident Nephrology, PGIMER, Chandigarh,INDIA

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