Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Swine Flu alert

Swine Flu aka Influenza A (H1N1) is an illness caused by type A influenza viruses, which affect a range of animals, as well as humans. A new strain of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) virus that spreads from human to human has recently been identified.

Influenza A (H1N1-2009) spreads from human to human in the same way as seasonal flu.

The symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal influenza. An early symptom is high fever, and this is followed by cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sometimes breathlessness a few days later.

Protecting Yourself

What precautions can I take to protect myself and others against the flu?

Practise good personal hygiene and be socially responsible by:

a. Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, especially before touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
b. Turning quickly away from anyone near you if you are about to cough or sneeze, and do not cough or sneeze at him;
c. Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue properly in the dust bin after use;
d. Avoiding crowded places if you are unwell and wear a surgical mask to cover your nose and mouth;
e. Staying home from work or school when you are sick; and
f. Using a serving spoon when sharing food at meal times.

Also, leading a healthy lifestyle helps to build up your immunity and protects you against infection.

a. Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and vegetables.
b. Be active. Do 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week.
c. Learn to relax and have enough sleep and rest.
d. Do not smoke.

Above information are taken from http://www.crisis.gov.sg/FLU/SwineFlu/

more information and updates can be found there.