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To know about Swine Flu

Update : 2015-09-07 14:41:09
To know about Swine Flu

From 2009 onwards we have been increasingly seeing media reports on swine flu (H1N1). Swine flu is contagious. Influenza viruses infect the cells lining your nose, throat and lungs. It spreads in the same way as the seasonal flu. The virus spreads when you touch an infected surface or breathe cough and sneeze droplets in the air. People who have swine flu can be contagious one day before they have any symptoms, and as many as 7 days after they get sick.

Cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea are some of its symptoms. Young children, pregnant women, and older adults are more likely to develop complications. Swine flu can lead to more serious complications, including pneumonia and respiratory failure. And it can make conditions like diabetes or asthma worse. It can also lead to neurological conditions ranging from confusion to seizures.

The author in conversation with Dr Sujeet K Rajan – MD (Chest) Bom. (D.E.T.R.D, D.N.B. Respiratory Medicine) – Consultant Chest-Physician and Specialist in Sleep-Disorders, Mumbai India.

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