Swine Flu in the Philippines
There has been a threat recently about Swine Flu virus all over the world and we are still lucky not to have one. Our Philippine airport authorities said that they well prepared to prevent the entry of swine flu in our country. In such cases like this, prevention is still better than cure. So what are the things that we should know about the swine flu virus?
Symptoms of Swine Flu
The symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever (temperature above 38 degrees Celsius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, aching joints, nasal congestion and fatigue. Some people with swine flu also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
How can a person get infected by swine flu virus?
A person can get infected if he/she touches something contaminated with the virus and then touches the eyes, mouth or nose. The virus can live on surfaces for several hours, like a doorknob just touched by someone who sneezed into his hand. Germs also spread in the air through droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person.
Medications for Swine Flu
The Center for Diease Control recommends oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and prevention of swine flu. These antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight against flu by keeping the virus from reproducing in the body. Specifically, these flu drugs are Tamiflu by Roche and Relenza by GlaxoSmithKline.