Swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, is called so because in the past, the people who caught it had
direct contact with pigs.However, that changed several years ago, when a new virus emerged that
spread among people who hadn’t been near pigs.Swine flu viruses may mutate (change) so that they are
easily transmissible among humans.
Soon after the outbreak of H1N1 virus in the United States and Mexico in March – 2009, the
Government of India started screening people coming from the affected countries at airports for
swine flu symptoms.This swine flu outbreak in India claimed 1035 deaths with over 10000 confirmed
Swine flu has surfaced again, claiming 60 lives in India in January.661 people were diagnosed
with the deadly virus while 60 died of swine flu this month. Telangana reported maximum cases (238)
followed by Delhi (179), Gujarat (91), Rajasthan (67) and Maharashtra (42).
Causes: Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus
particles. People may spread them by:
- Touching a germ-covered surface and then touching their eyes or nose
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Body aches
- Wash hands frequently with soap or hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes because the virus can survive on telephones, tabletops,
- Stay at home if you are infected.
- Avoid large gatherings when swine flu is in season.
- As soon as you see symptoms of swine flu, consult your doctor immediately.
Some of the same antiviral drugs that are used to treat seasonal flu also work against H1N1 swine
flu. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (Relenza) seem to work best, although some kinds of swine
flu are resistant to Tamiflu.
These drugs can help you get over swine flu faster. They can also help keep it from being too
Although Swine Flu is highly contagious but is Preventable & Curable.
Stay Aware, Stay Healthy !!
Source: Wikipedia, www.webmd.com,www.indianexpress.com