Guest LAW_* Posted April 26, 2009 Report Share Posted April 26, 2009 Swine Flu symptoms The flu is characterized by a collection of symptoms that can often occur suddenly, including: Fever (higher than 100° F) A fever occurs when your body temperature increases in response to illness or injury. Your temperature is considered elevated when it is higher than 100°F. Chills Body chills that are not related to a cold environment can be a sign of the flu. Headache A headache associated with the flu may appear suddenly, and be related to body aches or nasal congestion you're experiencing. Extreme tiredness It's normal to feel tired at the end of a long day or when you don't get adequate sleep, but unexplained tiredness can be a sign of the flu. Dry cough Know your cough. A productive cough (coughing up mucus) is common with a cold, while a non-productive or dry cough (with no mucus) is associated with the flu. Sore throat Swelling in the throat can lead to a sore throat. Runny nose Runny nose may also occur but is more common in children than adults. Muscle aches While it is normal to feel body aches from physical overexertion, body aches that are sudden and unexplained can be a sign of the flu. Stomach symptoms Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children than in adults Chest discomfort Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. Think you might have the flu? Or does someone you know have it? FDA 1-888-INFO-FDA CDC 1-800-CDC-INFO email@example.com The typical incubation period, the time between when a person is first exposed to an infectious disease to when signs and symptoms develop, for seasonal influenza is 1-4 days, with an average of 2 days. Adults can be infectious from the day before symptoms begin through approximately 5-7 days after illness onset. Children can be infectious for more than 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Severely immunocompromised persons can be infectious for weeks or months. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the U.S. in San Diego County and Imperial County, California as well as in San Antonio, Texas and Kansas. Internationally, human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in Mexico. Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with similar swine influenza viruses. In the Federal District of Mexico, surveillance began picking up cases of influenza-like-illnesses starting on March 18th, 2009. The number of cases has risen steadily through April and as of April 23rd, there were more than 854 cases of pneumonia from the capital. Of those, 59 have died. In San Luis Potosi, located in central Mexico, 24 cases of influenza-like-illness, with three deaths, have been reported. And from Mexicali, near the border with the United States, four cases of influenza-like-illness, with no deaths, have been reported. The majority of these cases have occurred in otherwise healthy young adults. Seasonal influenza normally affects the very young and the very old, but these age groups have not been heavily affected in Mexico based on the information above. CDC has confirmed that seven of 14 respiratory specimens sent to the CDC by the Mexican National Influenza Center are positive for swine influenza virus and are similar to the swine influenza viruses recently identified in the US among residents of California and Texas. The Swine Influenza A/H1N1 viruses characterized in this outbreak have not been previously detected in pigs or humans. The viruses so far characterized have been sensitive to oseltamivir, but resistant to both amantadine and rimantadine. Oseltamivir is indicated for the treatment of infections due to influenza A and B virus in people at least one year of age, and prevention of influenza in people at least one year and older. LIMIT SOCIAL INTERACTION Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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