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H5N1 has caused infections in humans, poultry, wild birds and other animals. And it's no longer just Asia's problem. The virus has spread rapidly to the Middle East, Europe and Africa and experts are anticipating the arrival of the virus in the United States by fall or sooner. There are three main ways in which scientists believe avian influenza will arrive in North America. One, by commercial transport — egg products, illegal and legally (imported) birds, or smuggled meat. The second is on the wings of migratory birds. Those would be birds that come from Asia and intermingle with birds from Alaska. The third way would be people — the arrival of someone who is ill. It will probably come to this country on an airplane with someone who is sick or incubating the virus. Unlike the annual flu virus, an H5N1 Bird Flu Pandemic has a mortality rate of 50%. Experts predict that a vaccine could take more than six months to develop and distribute from the start of a pandemic. In addition, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu are already in scarce supply and may not be effective.
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How to Avoid Swine Flu Infection
Swine flu is transmitted from pigs to humans and is one of the most deadly of the flu viruses. You might have noticed people wearing surgical masks in areas of Mexico. Clusters of swine flu are found in areas all over the country and in Mexico, and is currently under investigation by the Center for Disease Control. Swine flu symptoms include runny nose, and fever, muscle aches, lethargy, lack of appetite, fever over 101 and sudden onset. It is difficult to distinguish from other flu types, and does require a diagnosis. Researchers are not yet sure if antivirals medicines such as tamiflu may have an affect on swine flu, but they are currently in the process of developing a vaccine to protect against the swine flu. There is no known flu medicine that works to prevent or treat Swine Flu. Unfortunately the Swine Flu is a combination of four known strains including, the avian flu, human influenza and two other viruses. This new strain of influenza is not only extremely contagious but also deadly. There are flu pandemic preparation measures you can take to ensure you do not get the swine flu.
The CDC and Canadian health officials were studying samples sent from Mexico, and some governments around Latin America said they would monitor passengers arriving on flights from Mexico. But it may be too late to contain the outbreak, given how widespread the known cases are. If the confirmed deaths are the first signs of a pandemic, then cases are probably incubating around the world by now, said Dr. Michael Osterholm, a pandemic flu expert at the University of Minnesota. In New York City, health officials say about 75 students at a Queens high school have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms and testing is under way to rule out that is the same strain of swine flu found in Mexico. Results could take several days. No vaccine specifically protects against swine flu, and it is unclear how much protection current human flu vaccines might offer.
How to Protect Yourself From Swine Flu
Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from the ill person
Wear a respirator face mask if available.
Step 1. If you are sick or have any flu-like symptoms, stay home. Do not go to school or work. Swine flu symptoms may mimic those of regular flu and cold symptoms. Wear an N95 rated mask to protect yourself and others.
Step 2. Cough or sneeze into the crook (inside elbow) of your arm. This way you do not transfer the germs to your hands and then to every object you touch. Swine flu is very contagious, and can spread easily by touching an infected object and then touching your face. A flu mask will help you avoid infection in enclosed spaces.
Step 3. Wash hands constantly to avoid swine flu. Do not touch face mask with unwashed hands. Anything you touch may be affected, so keeping hands clean will help you avoid infection.
Step 4. Carry hand sanitizer with you. If you have things others have touched, use your hand sanitizer to avoid swine flu infection.
Step 5. Touch public handles and pens as little as possible. These are loaded with germs that may carry the swine flu virus.
Step 6. When you fly, wear a protective face mask, be most diligent about following these guidelines. Transferring any flu, including swine flu, is most likely in close quarters like an airplane.
Step 7. Stay out of crowds as much as possible. Close proximity to other people will heighten your chances of to get swine flu. Wear a surgical mask in areas of high traffic concentration.
Step 8. Do not eat or drink after others without complete sanitization of containers or utensils. Swine flu can be transmitted by contact with infected eating utensils.
Step 9. Get to a doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of swine flu including high fever and body aches. Swine flu can be deadly, and it is imperative to get to a physician immediately if you think you have swine flu symptoms and think you might have contracted the swine flu virus.
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