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Facts You Need to Know about the Deadly Virus called Swine Flu

Posted by : Varun Doshi

On : 23 February 2015

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Swine flu has claimed 38 more lives in the country taking the death toll to 812 with Rajasthan and Gujarat among the worst hit States with 212 and 207 fatalities respectively, as the total number of affected crossed 13,000.

As the total number of deaths due to swine flu has now crossed 800 and 13,688 people have been affected with the H1N1 virus across India, here are some facts that you need to know about the deadly disease:

Swine flu or Swine Influenza (H1N1) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus. Usually the virus is spread only among pigs, but it has now become deadly for humans. Till now, the disease has claimed 812 lives across India in 2015.

Swine flu is highly contagious, spread quickly from person to person through air, mucus and saliva particles. One should cover the nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing because a simple cough or sneeze can spread thousands of germs through the air.

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu. Early symptoms include – cough, fever, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chills, vomiting or diarrhoea. If a person develops one of these symptoms, they should immediately consult a doctor.

Children below three years of age, pregnant women, adults above 60 years of age, people with certain medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, diabetes or those with weakened immune systems are the ones at most risk.

Swine flu can be diagnosed only through test in a specialised laboratory by identifying the particular antigens associated with the virus type.

Recently, the Delhi government has fixed the rate for tests at Rs 4500, while private labs were charging up to Rs 10,000. 

Oseltamivir, marketed under the trade name Tamiflu, is the recommended anti viral drug which helps treat swine flu.

If you obeserve any of the above symptoms please get the test done immediately. Remember, early diagnosis may help you treat the disease earlier.