Thursday, April 30, 2009
H1N1 Swine Flu
Swine Flu! Gosh, the frigtful SARS was over just few years ago, now this. What is Swine Flu? From what I learnt from mum, it is the fourth serious influenza that causes human death. SARS was one pandemic all of us knew. The first sudden outbreak caused 5000 deaths in Germany, which happened decade ago, somewhere at 1930. Scary! For now, thousands have been infected, the 23-months old baby was reported as the first death in US. It is aa respeiratory diesease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. People dealing with pigs are at a higher risk of being infected compared to the public. This virus causes high levels of illness but low death rates in pigs. (do correct me if i got the facts wrong)
Kinda of similar to regular human seasonal influenza :
3) lack of appetite
5) runny nose
6) sore throat
As of 17:00 GMT, 30 April 2009, 11 countries have officially reported 257 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.
The United States Government has reported 109 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Mexico has reported 97 confirmed human cases of infection, including seven deaths.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (19), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).
The streak of sunlight in the deep dark cold cave:
There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Guys, be rajin, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis. P/s seek medical attention if saw any symptoms of influenza-like illness.