Monday, April 27, 2009

Info about Swine Flu

Dear fellow buddies,

Some points to highlight on this pandemic (national outbreak potential- widespread) disease :

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. 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.

“Since the virus spreads from human to human, we are placed on high alert".

"Di Malaysia, orang ramai diminta segera berjumpa doktor jika ada simptom batuk, demam dan sakit badan ". Do not take things for granted as if one of us (i pray hardly, NO !) is infected, things will get spread very fast , very very fast ! So, take care of yourself and your surroundings.

This new strain can be treated with Tamiflu and Relenza, but not two older flu drugs. Also, the WHO wants to know if it's easily spread from one person to a second who then spreads it again - something U.S. officials suspect and are investigating.

There is no vaccine against swine flu, but the CDC has taken the initial step necessary for producing one - creating a seed stock of the virus - should authorities decide that's necessary. Last winter's flu shot offers no cross-protection to the new virus, although it's possible that older people exposed to various Type A flu strains in the past may have some immunity, CDC officials said Sunday.





Image origin from the resource :

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/4/27/nation/3777861&sec=nation

If you are at thirst for more info, check the following websites, guarantee you will understand this disease more :

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SWINE_FLU_WORLD?SITE=MYPSP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-04-26-20-07-14

This is a good one , plenty documents to download :

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html


Great FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions)

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm


That is all for now. Prevention is always better than treatments.

ChoyHH

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