Swine Flu – Just Like any other Flu

swinefluAs said and debated, the new flu strain is quite similar to most strains of the famed flu virus that is spread from person to person right after it jumps species from the zero host animal, first we had avian flu then swine, both of which jumped the species barrier which normally prevented cross species jumps. This trait of the new strains alarmed scientists for never in history has such cases occurred in modern times.
The Avian Flu is almost on the treatable stage but with the coming of the new strain, a more general vaccine may be needed to handle all of the flu strains, for the new strain is a combination of H5N1, H1N1 and the human flu virus which has the ability to mutate. Another alarming trait of the virus is that a case of reverse infection has already been found in New Zealand, a case of a human host getting a swine sick with the flu. The cross contamination of the virus is the bad thing. Flu can be weathered out with proper treatment and monitoring but for a strain that can come and go as it pleases, it truly is an alarming development.


Same Precautions – Totally New Strain

thermalWith the convenience of modern travel, planes flying off to distant countries in a few hours, the new scourge of flu more commonly referred to as the “Swine Flu” has reached full spread with cases reported in almost all corners of the world. Mexico is ground zero and from its famous beaches, whole flights have been infected taking the virus all over the globe. From New Zealand, Australia, China and many other continents the virus has spread with some deaths reported. The severity of the cases have been quite blown out of proportion, maybe a result of the H5N1 strain which scared the hell out of everyone but as with any flu strain simple precautions go along way to help protect people from the spread of the disease.

Confirmed: Human-to-human bird flu transmission

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A recent report has confirmed that a father and son in China had been infected with bird flu, wherein the son caught the virus in a poultry market, and the father caught the flu from his son. The 24-year old son died while the 52-year old father survived after being treated and vaccinated in a H5N1 clinical trial. Other family members, colleagues and friends were also treated to make sure the virus does not spread. All the others tested negative for the H5N1 virus, which means the virus does not easily spread through casual contact. Samples of the virus from father and son showed almost identical genetic characteristics.

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Bird Flu Scares Asia Again

Bird flu is still known to be one of the deadliest virus up to the present. Well, this type of virus occur naturally among migrating birds, however, human can also be infected most especially those people who are working in a poultry or contaminated surfaces. Last 2003, Asia is the most affected continent when the Bird flu virus stroked. This 2012 and 2013, just when everybody though bird flu is already gone, it seems that it is spreading again in Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries.  And according to Huffingtonpost, Asia is still struggling to control the virus.

As this virus is fear to grow in the coming days, it is important that everyone is aware of its symptoms. If you are a foreigner especially vacationing in Asian countries, you might also want to learn Thai, Chinese, Filipino or other Asian language just to communicate well in some emergency situation. Anyway. here are the symptoms of bird flu reported in humans:

Sudden attack of cough and colds in where you do not really aware know how and why you got it;
Throat sore, then in times becomes pneumonia;
Feeling moderate or severe malaise and fatigue;
Muscle pain;
Conjunctivitis;
Difficulty in breathing;
Frequent sneezing with lot of mucous coming out.

The symptoms actually vary depending on the damage of the virus to your body. So, if you find yourself one of these symptoms, don’t waste time and consult a doctor immediately. The early you detect it, the faster you can be treated and relieved. Don’t be threatened, there are ways to cure it. Just be extra cautious of these symptoms.

Bird Flu and its Common Symptoms

Bird flu, a virus that commonly affects bird but can also be to human beings. Unfortunately, when it affect human it is hard to diagnose the disease as it closely mimic regular flu. This is the reason why many people are interested in knowing how to recognize the symptoms and prevention for this disease, which unfortunately can be fatal if left untreated. Listed below are some of most common sign of bird flu to human.

• High Fever. Persons infected with bird flu typically become ill with a fever. Fevers can develop gradually or suddenly and most people have temperatures higher than 101 degrees.
• Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing.
• Due to the inflammation and post-nasal drainage into the lungs, a person may also experience a serious and painful cough.
• Abdominal pain and loose bowels. This is one of the distinct symptoms of bird flu compare to a regular flu symptom.
• Vomiting.
• Bleeding of gums or nose. Another distinct symptom of bird flu.

If you suffer from these symptoms, it is suggested to consult a doctor immediately. Since this disease is highly contagious, your caretaker should do extra protection by wearing surgical masks and regularly washing their hands after taking good care of you. Bird flu can be deadly but it’s curable.

General Guidelines to Avoid Bird Flu

Avian influenza or mostly known as Bird flu, is a virus that affect birds and in worst scenario, can be spread to human being. It scares the whole world last 2003 when it spread through Europe and Asia. And until today, the idea of bird flu spreading again is still a nightmare for many of us. However, there are safety measures you can do to avoid having this type of flu, most especially if you are traveling in some regions of the world where bird flu outbreaks have occurred.

General Guidelines:

• Stay away from domesticated birds if you are in places that have encounter bird flu outbreaks. Avoid rural areas, farms and markets. Staying away also means not eating birds and chickens.
• Always wash your hands, using hot water and soap, or use a hand sanitizer as an alternative. Make sure it’s at least 60% alcohol.
• Before you travel, it is advisable that you get a flu shot. This will not protect against bird flu in particular, but will help reduce the risk of simultaneous infections by different flu viruses.
• Avoid eating raw eggs or undercooked eggs. Ensure that what you eat, particularly chicken are well-cooked.

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