H1N1 Declared as Global Pandemic

Posted: June 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

Thursday, June 11th, WHO officially raises the level of H1N1 – Swine/Pig flu – from 5 to 6, indicating it has officially become a global pandemic. This is based on the spreading of the disease itself not how severe it is, yet it is concidered in a moderate stage. Measures are now being taking by countries, and citizens worldwide to try to avoid the pandemic as much as possible.

First of all, What are the Swine Flu Symptoms?

As written on “About.com: Pediatrics” , the Swine Flu symptoms, like any seasonal flu, are:

  • Very high fever, which is sometimes absent, unlike the usual seasonal flu
  • cough
  • runny nose or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • More common cases of diarrhea and vomiting

Moving on to the more serious symptoms which indicate the need of some medical treatment, include:

  • Fast/trouble breathing
  • Skin colour turning bluish or grey
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Vomiting becoming more severe or continuous
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Children becoming more irritable and refuse being held

And they also added,

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

However, medications have been developed inorder to cure and avoid the disease. Such medications include Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir).

One of the very useful sites on this pretty worrying issue is www.direct.gov.uk . It includes pretty much everything you need to know about the Swine flu, from updates and alerts to measures (mainly involving hygiene) which we all can take to prevent it, which I strongly recommend you all to surf.

In the end, all I can say is: God bless and protect us all!

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