Swine flu

The swine flu virus we are discussing here is the 2009 H1N1 type A influenza, a human disease. It’s a zoonotic disease which originally was transmitted from pigs to humans and now spreads from one human to another. The symptoms of swine flu are very similar to regular influenza and include fever, headaches, chills, diarrhoea, coughing and sneezing. One can prevent infection by maintaining basic hygiene and wearing a proper surgical mask during flu season. The number of cases shoots up during the summers and monsoon seasons. There are various vaccines available to combat the disease and antiviral treatments for prevention as well. One should however only use these medicines under a doctor’s supervision as indiscriminate use might result in susceptibility to the virus.

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India swine flu update: Why is the viral epicentre shifting from South to North India?
- Nirmalya Dutta
March 12, 2013 at 09:42am
The swine flu situation is getting worse in North India with Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana among the worst-hit states. While Delhi has had …

Swine flu: Ten facts you should know
- Editorial Team
February 27, 2013 at 09:23am
The swine flu menace is back in the country with over 2000 people testing positive for the virus across nine different states. Every day the papers …

Why the swine flu situation in India is bad
- Nirmalya Dutta
February 20, 2013 at 09:11am
There’s something very familiar with the way swine flu news filters in from around the country. As the temperatures dip, the authorities of various …

No need for universal vaccination for swine flu: Health Ministry
- Nirmalya Dutta
February 16, 2013 at 09:22am
While accepting that there’s been a surge in swine flu cases across the northern states the health ministry has ruled out universal vaccine against …

Disease trends in India 2012
- Nirmalya Dutta
December 31, 2012 at 09:06am
Diseases in 2012 followed a similar trend to previous years. India plays host to several seasonal ones like dengue, fever, malaria, tuberculosis and …

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Swine Flu: Prevention is better than cure
- Nirmalya Dutta
April 13, 2012 at 10:43am
Over 300 people have tested positive for the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus from around the country in the last 3 months.The H1N1/09 virus is a variation of …

Swine Flu (H1N1): All you need to know
- Nirmalya Dutta
March 20, 2012 at 03:45pm
Swine flu, also known as 2009 H1N1 type A influenza, is a human disease. People get the disease from other people, not from pigs. The disease got …

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