14 Aug

I have received a mail regarding the H1N1 virus, and am quite worried about this, it kinda freak me out, because ANYONE can get contaminated with the flu at anytime. We already have three victims who died out of the N1H1 virus. Mauritius is sure to be prone to this disease since it is open to everyone. Tourists from every destinations come to mauritius, and all kind of precautions are being taken following the outbreak of the H1N1.

This is from a mail I receive and I thought of sharing it with everyone reading this.

What is Swine Flu?

•Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by Type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

•Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

•The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

• •Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people.

• •Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How are human infections with swine influenza diagnosed?

•To diagnose swine influenza A infection, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding virus).

• •However, some persons, especially children, may shed virus for 10 days or longer.

• Identification as a swine flu influenza A virus requires sending the specimen to a hospital laboratory for testing.

Is there a vaccine for Pandemic Flu?

•Because the virus is new, there will be no vaccine ready to protect against pandemic flu.

• •Vaccine against Swine Flu virus H1N1 needs at least 6-12 months to be produced.

• •Seasonal flu vaccine or past flu immunization will not provide protection.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?

Yes. The US CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. To be taken only if prescribed by Doctor.

• •Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.

• •If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. •

•For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can spread this way.

•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• •If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

•Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

• •When you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores.

• •If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?

•If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

•If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

•If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

•Fast breathing or trouble breathing

•Bluish skin color

•Not drinking enough fluids

•Not waking up or not interacting

•Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

•Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

•Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

•Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

•Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

•Sudden dizziness


•Severe or persistent vomiting

So thats it…Do Share it! And take care everyone 🙂


6 Responses to “H1N1…”

  1. No-yet-Dr Umar August 14, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    arent we supposed to kill swines instead of the swine killing us?:))
    no need to panic, the flu is at most…lethal 😉
    Most people die due to complication caused by the flu mainly respiratory distress. Moreover, young children and old people are more at risks because they have a compromised immune system.
    So dont freak out and wear masks or avoid shaking people’s hand and go into a paranoia, just follow basic hygiene measures
    keep safe people

  2. ¥@$# August 14, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    C ki mo pa dakor moi, dimoune p fer bocou tapaz ar H1N1 dans moris, kan seasonal flu touye bocou plis dimoune each year ek personne pa kas tete… P creer panique dans population pou nanien… C media ki p exagere les choses…

    Pli zoli la dans, bane professeurs (race pli paresse ki ena sa), bane la zot, zot p dire ferme lekol pou gagne conger tout… lol? 30 cas em pena dans ene population > 1.2 millions dimounes, zot pou ferme lekol zot… lol?

    Bref, virus la pou fer so cycle, li pou aler li…

    Mais errer ki morisiens fer zot, zot pou atane kouma dire zot pres pou mort pou al consulter… zot pou prefere al kot traiteur, sorcier, etc. ou soi zot pou per “aryoo ki dimounes pou dire mone/mo mari/mo zenfant ine gagne sa virus la?”…
    Lerla kan zot mort, ena pou dire “b pa p fer nanien pou sauve bane patients!”… enkor plis polemique pou media!!! Ek enkor plis dimounes pou per lerla… etc etc. … ene mari cercle vicieux sa…

    c chiant… bref, pou moi c 1erement Mauriciens tro capon ek irresponsable… 2emement Media p envenime les choses…

  3. morinn August 15, 2009 at 4:33 am #

    Ugh! I was scared some days ago but I guess we only have to take some precautions to prevent any contamination. 🙂

  4. Maliha August 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Well i personally take this from another angle in the sense that it is indeed causing many victims nowadays and it has been said that in the coming weeks, about 6000 people will be infected with this flu 🙂

    @Umar: merci pou tousa xplication la…highly appreciated 😉

    @Yash: mo pena okene statistics about seasonal flu victims malheureusement . The WHO has escalated the world Pandemic Phase from Phase 3 to Phase 4 (in a 6-scale Phase). Mauritius has had victims, whereas the flu has not even been detected in african countries yet. For instance in Singapore there has been only 1 victim…so in comparison to all these countries in the indian ocean, Mauritius seems to be the one which is more at risk…and which has been more affected.

    @Morinn: yeah bzin wear mask now hehe 😉

  5. Mervin August 17, 2009 at 7:29 am #

    the stats here in mauritius r seriously alarming .. 😦

    anyway nice article abt swine flu :p forwarded it in my mail and even tweet it :p


  6. shadows September 1, 2009 at 6:00 am #

    What are the plans for developing 2009 H1N1 vaccine?
    Vaccines are the most powerful public health tool for control of influenza, and the U.S. government is working closely with manufacturers to take steps in the process to manufacture a 2009 H1N1 vaccine. Working together with scientists in the public and private sector, CDC has isolated the new H1N1 virus and modified the virus so that it can be used to make hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine. Vaccine manufacturers are now using these materials to begin vaccine production. Making vaccine is a multi-step process which takes several months to complete. Candidate vaccines will be tested in clinical trials over the few months.

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