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Swine Flu (H1N1)

13 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

Swine flu is a virus that is caused by exposure to a strain of influenza that also occurs in pigs.

Causes

Swine flu can be caught from:

  • Contact with pigs that have the H1N1 virus
  • Contact with humans that have the H1N1 virus

 

Symptoms
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath or a cough
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle ache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue

 

Treatment
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-viral medication
  • Antibiotics

 

If you have any of the above symptoms, consult your general practitioner.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: The H1N1 Swine Flu – A Look Inside

 

 

Video: Learn About Swine Flu

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Ministry of Health – Influenza
Healthline – Free helpline (0800 611 116)



International

NHS – Swine Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US – Swine Flu
World Health Organization – H1N1

 

RESEARCH

Journal of the American Medical Association
British Medical Journal
The Lancet

 

FORUMS

Swineflu.org – Forum
Topix.com – Swine flu

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – H1N1