SWINE FLU SYMPTOMS
Characteristics of swine flu
Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that mainly affects pigs. It is caused by the SIV virus, an acronym from the English (Swine Influenza Viruses = swine influenza virus).
There are different variants. Within all these viruses two subtypes (A and B) have been found. Within the subtype A are three known subtypes: H1N1, H3N2, and H1N2.
From the human standpoint, the H1N1 subtype is, for the moment, the most dangerous because of the mutation that has experienced by combination of swine influenza virus, the avian flu virus and the Spanish flu virus. This combination has produced what is now known as human swine flu.
The new mutation is highly adapted to the human species what has allowed human to human transmission.
Major outbreaks of swine influenza in the world were detected during April 2009 in Mexico. It expanded all though the world during 2009 and 2010 for 14 months, producing about 19.000 deaths.
It is a type of virus that is transmitted through air and through contact with contaminated secretions (coughing, sneezing, runny nose or infected saliva, etc. You can not spread by eating pork because heat destroys the virus. The cases recent ones have been from person to person.
Symptoms of swine flu
The symptoms of human the swine flu are the same that those of the “regular influenza” (seasonal influenza): high fever, headache, muscle pains, bone pain, general slowness, dry cough, fatigue, sneezing, chills, sweating, sore throat, runny nose, lack of appetite, dizziness, vomits, flushed face, etc.
Causes of swine flu
– Viral. The cause of this disease is a virus that spreads like a cold, through droplets that float in air produced by another patient when breathing or coughing. It can also be spread by touching a contaminated object and putting the fingers in contact with the mouth, nose or eyes.
Diagnostics and treatment of swine flu
There is a vaccine specifically designed to prevent this type of flu when is caused by the H1N1 virus, which is not suitable for seasonal flu. IN the same way, the seasonal flu vaccine can not to prevent this type of flu. The same vaccine will also not be effective in case the H1N1 virus changed.
Conventional treatment of swine influenza is based on the administration of analgesics such as acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin). This treatment can not be given to young children and teenagers for risk of developing Reye syndrome.
There are antiviral drugs that can be used to treat this type of flu.
Given the newness of this disease, there are no references to specific natural treatment. However, natural resources applied to seasonal flu could be useful in helping prevent the spread of the disease or lessen their symptoms or their duration.
More information on the swine flu and its natural treatment.
Characteristics of swine flu
19 March, 2019