Swine Flu - Awareness

As the world fights Influenza A (H1N1), we request all our readers to take utmost care of health & hygiene, especially those who are traveling abroad. WHO has issued alert on developing situation against an outbreak of Swine Flu A (H1N1) virus. USA, Europe, Canada are the most affected with the virus also spreading across to other countries. India has not confirmed of any H1N1 case as yet.

Be alert and avoid visiting crowded places!! Just incase you suspect of any weakness / illness (symptoms mentioned below) immediately contact your nearest hospital / medical facility. Here are some details about H1N1:

About Swine Flu

The 2009 swine flu outbreak is an epidemic of a new strain of influenza virus that was clinically identified in April 2009. It is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus and is currently a phase 5 outbreak with significant risk, one level below an official pandemic. This virus is species specific and infects pigs; however they do cross barrier of species and transmit to human. Once this happens it easily passes on from one person to the other. This is termed as PHASE 5 bearing a significant risk for human beings.

Signs & Symptoms

Cough, fever, sore throat, body ache, headache, chills and fatigue. In worst cases and complexities, it may further be added with sever illness and pneumonia or respiratory failure resulting to death.

Do the Following

· Maintain personal hygiene.
· Check and adhere to the tips from travel counselor or travel and VISA cell of TechM if you are traveling.
· Practice safe food consumption habits.
· Cover your sneeze and cough in disposable tissues.
· Avoid close contact with wild birds / animals. Stay away from the Zoo.
· As a social distancing measure, avoid close contact with the people having cough and fever.
· Ensure your regular workplace is kept clean.
· Ensure proper cooking of food before consumption.
· Immediately contact physician in case of illness and fatigue or weakness.

Travel Care

Those who are ill please delay travel plans and returning travelers who fall ill seek appropriate medical care. Carry all necessary details about medical assistance during the trip.

Below are a few sites which you may like to visit for more information on the virus.

Ø http://www.who.int
Ø http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm
Ø http://mohfw.nic.in/press_releases_on_swine_flu.htm
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