Swine Flue : Tips and Precautions.

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The signs and symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in gene...
The signs and symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general: 1. chills 2. fever 3. sore throat 4. muscle pains 5. severe headache 6. coughing 7. weakness 8. general discomfort Diagnostic Procedures: * 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 CDC for laboratory testing. Vaccines and Treatment: * Officials do not know if the seasonal flu vaccine will protect against the A(H1N1) swine flu virus. * In the laboratory, the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are effective against this new flu; amantadine and rimantadine are not. Safety precautions: 1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 2. Wash hands regularly with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. 3. Avoid close contact with sick people. 4. If sick, self-monitor and stay home from work or school and limit contact with others. 5. Consult your doctor immediately should signs and symptoms of flu persist.
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