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Swine Flu: This is a bit worrying

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Well it was confirmed within the last hour that two suspected cases of Swine Flu in Scotland have proved positive.  The death toll in Mexico has risen to 150, yet it has yet to be confirmed that this is the cause of their deaths.

So far the Flu has not proved as virulent in Britain, Spain and America as it has in Mexico.  No lives have, as yet, been lost.

Swine Flu is a very new disease and it’s full potential as a killer has yet to be realised.  But it has spread through air travel like wildfire and could prove a global pandemic within a very short space of time.

Mexico has fought valiently to contain the Virus

Mexico has fought valiently to contain the Virus

According to Wikipedia it has very similar symptoms to human flu, fever, cough, body aches, and maybe vomiting and diarrhea.

Strangely it’s mutation makes it attack younger people with stronger immune systems, very similar to Spanish Flu of 1918.

How can we prevent infection?  The World Health Authority recommend  frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after being out in-public.  People should avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes with their hands unless they’ve washed their hands.  If people do cough, they should either cough into a tissue and throw it in the garbage immediately, cough into their elbow, or, if they cough in their hand, they should wash their hands immediately.

How worried should we be?  Well don’t panic yet, just keep to basic hygiene discipline and follow the news broadcasts.  And we will be fine.


Written by Nick Gilmartin

April 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm

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