Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Swine Influenza


Swine Influenza

Swine influenza is an infection caused by swine influenza virus i.e endemic in pigs. Swine influenza also called H1N1 flu, pig flu, hog flu, swine flu. SIV (Swine Influenza Virus) classification includes influenza C virus infect both pigs, humans but not to birds, influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2 and H2N3 being common in pigs. Swine influenza virus is spread commonly throughout pig populations worldwide. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human. Swine flu viruses cause low death rate and high level of illness in pigs.

Swine Influenza in Humans

Normally humans not infect by swine flu viruses, even so sporadic human infections with swine flu have take place. These cases most commonly occurred in humans with direct exposure to pigs for example workers in the swine industry, children near pigs. An documented case report of one person spreading swine flu to others. e.g In 1988, many human infected by swine flu virus in Wisconsin, there was antibody evidence of virus transmission from patient to health care workers who had close contact with the patient.

Symptoms of swine flu

Symptoms of swine flu is expected to be similar to symptoms of influenza in humans

  • chills, fever
  • sore throat, coughing, muscle pains
  • weakness, general discomfort
  • lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea

Spread of swine flu in humans

Swine influenza viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs, when people are in closeness to infected pigs. People to people swine flu transmission can also occurred through coughing of infected people with the influenza virus. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork.

Identification of Swine flu virus in Human

Human infections with swine influenza be diagnosed by collecting respiratory specimen within the first 4 to 5 days of illness requires to end to CDC for laboratory testing.

Swine flu infection in humans reports

Approximately 12 cases of human infection with swine influenza virus from December 2005 through February 2009.


Treatment & prevention of Swine flu infections in human

In US four different antiviral drugs are licensed for the treatment of influenza:

  • Amantadine
  • Rimantadine
  • Oseltamivir
  • Zanamivir
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2 Responses to “Swine Influenza”
  1. rathi says:

    Tulsi is an Indian Herb, can help keep swine flu away experienced and claims by Ayurvedic experts

    Wonder herb Tulsi can not only keep the dreaded swine flu at bay but also help in fast recovery of an afflicted person, Ayurvedic practitioners claim.

    “The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body’s overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu,” Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.

    Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster.

    “Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body,” he claims.

    Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu.

    “Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach.”

    Tulsi increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting swine flu,”

  2. Cathy Shey says:

    We should be thankful that the swine flu did not spread very rapidly. it is not very deadly like Ebola but swine flu can still kill you.

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