April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Outbreak: Latest Report and Tips


SWINE INFLUENZA VIRUS (also known as SIV) refers to influenza cases that are caused by Orthomyxoviruses that are endemic to pig populations. The CDC have stated that the symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of other strains of human flu including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. This is known to be an air-bourne disease, and that's the worst part. It can be easily transmitted from an animal to a person or from a person to a person. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_Flu )

There's a big outbreak that killed hundreds of people starting in Mexico. There are also reported cases from Canada, California, Kansas, New York City, Ohio, and Texas. And the latest (as of now) was in Scotland. Here in the Philippines, they installed a gadget at the Arrival Station in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (a teeny-weeny monitor that can accurately determine a person's body temperature from a distance). When a person's temperature reaches above 37 degrees, they'll quarantine him and if he's positive with the SIV's symptoms, he'll be immediately sent to San Lazaro Hospital (top one of the most scariest hospitals in my list). Great idea, right? But I think it would be greater if they'll put that kind of security and gadget in every international airport in the Philippines. It's like preventing a serial killer from coming inside your house and guarding only the front door... totally forgetting about the windows and the back or kitchen door.

Even your country's still safe, it will be much better to take these extra safety precautions:

1. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue immediately in the trash.

2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, preferably those alcohol-based soaps.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs easily spread that way.

4. Avoid too much contact with other people. Avod going to crowded places.

5. If you get sick, stay home.

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