Now a days whenever you open the newspaper, a very striking headline catches your eyes: “Swine Flu Death”.
What is Swine Flu or H1N1 virus?
The infection which raised its ugly head in 2009 is back and believed to be more aggressive. It is called Swine Flu because in the past the people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. It started spreading throughout the world prompting WHO to call it “Pandemic”.
Swine Flu is contagious. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, small droplets of the virus is released into the environment When some one comes in contact with the droplets or with the surface (For Eg: a handle or a door knob) which has been touched by the infected person, he/she too will get infected.
Symptoms of Swine Flu are more or less like seasonal flu, like cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, body ache, headache, lethargy, fatigue etc. It can lead to more severe complications like pneumonia and respiratory failure.
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