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H1N1 (Swine flu)

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In simple medical terms, swine flu refers to influenza in pigs. However problems can begin for people when pigs transmit the swine flu virus to humans. Individuals most likely to be affected by this type of virus are hog farmers and veterinarians. When this happens, a person infected with H1N1 swine flu can pass the virus on to others so it is important to have a test for possible H1N1 virus if you think you may be affected. This human respiratory infection caused by this type of influenza virus strain H1N1 first came to light in the spring of 2009 and new tests for the virus became available. Related illnesses were reported in different countries around the world so much so that the World Health Organization called it a global epidemic.

Causes of H1N1 Swine flu

Apart from working in the agricultural or veterinarian industries, you can also catch swine flu from eating pork. To stay safe why not switch from eating pork to lamb or beef? It might be cheaper too. The influenza virus can infect the lining of your nose, throat and lungs. It enters the body when you inadvertently inhale contaminated droplets. Swine flu can also be transferred from humans coming into contact with the live source of the virus, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. You may also be exposed to this if you travel to an area where many people are affected by swine flu. Try and stay away from swine flu hot spots especially if there are large crowds. Swine flu symptoms Swine flu symptoms tend to develop around 1 to 3 days after you have been exposed to the virus. This will continue for about seven days and will normally include the following symptoms:-

  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache and chills
  • Fever and cough
  •  Body aches
  •  Vomiting and diarrhea

Generally swine flu signs in humans are similar to those of other flu strains, however it's recommended to stay at home if you feel sick. Of course as with most types of influenza H1N1 swine flu can cause other complications such as:-

1. Pneumonia

2. Respiratory failure

3. Confusion and seizures

4. The worsening of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and asthma

As with all types of flu viruses it's important to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Wash your hands thoroughly by frequently using soap and water. Where possible avoid contact with other people of your household. Only ask one person to look after your personal care. It's worth pointing out that flu viruses including H1N1 swine flu can survive for 2 hours or longer on many surfaces like - 

  • Doorknobs 
  • Handrails 
  • Countertops

The H1N1 Virus Test at Home:-

Get a test for swine flu sooner rather than later If you're worried about being infected with the H1 N1 swine flu virus, it's time to buy a home test kit. They can be discreetly purchased online and are:-

  • A rapid, reliable, home screening test kit unit
  • Easy and safe to use in the privacy of your own home
  • Efficient, accurate and can quickly identify the swine flu virus
  • Completely confidential with a testing time of around 15 minutes