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Preventive measures from H1N1 Swine flu



Swine influenza (also called H1N1 flu, swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu) is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is a strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.

Influenza is quite common in pigs; the main route of transmission is through direct contact between infected and uninfected animals.

People who work with poultry and swine, especially people with intense exposures, are at increased risk of zoonotic infection with influenza virus endemic in these animals, and constitute a population of human hosts in which zoonosis and reassortment can co-occur. Other professions at particular risk of infection are veterinarians and meat processing workers, although the risk of infection for both of these groups is lower than that of farm workers.

Main Signs and symptoms of swine flu:

Swine flu H1N1 virus are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills , fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.

The most common cause of death is respiratory failure, other causes of death are pneumonia (leading to sepsis), high fever (leading to neurological problems), dehydration (from excessive vomiting and diarrhea) and electrolyte imbalance. Fatalities are more likely in young children and the elderly.

Prevention :

Prevention of swine influenza has three components:

  • Prevention in swine,

  • Prevention of transmission to humans,

  • Prevention of its spread among humans.

Improve your lungs capacity and immunity to combat any infections from the viruses. Swine flu cannot be spread by pork products, since the virus is not transmitted through food but it spreads between humans through coughing or sneezing and people touching something with the virus on it and then touching their own nose or mouth.

As soon as you feel discomfort with symptoms like sneezing, coughing and any other respiratory symptoms, start to take Immun guard to increase your immunity.

Suggestion :

  • Frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after being out in public. Chance of transmission is also reduced by disinfecting household surfaces.

  • Experts agree that hand-washing can help prevent viral infections, including ordinary influenza and the swine flu virus.

  • Influenza can spread in coughs or sneezes. Telephones and other surfaces and be transferred via the fingers to the mouth, nose or eyes.

  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as a sudden fever, cough or muscle aches should stay away from work or public transportation and should contact a doctor for advice.

If your digestive fire is normal, your immunity will remain powerful and thus no infection can overrule you.

  • One should avoid sleeping during the day hours.

  • Avoid cold and damp weather.

  • Clean and dry clothes should be worn.

  • Try to avoid over exertion.

  • Drink a glass of water with two teaspoons of honey every day early in the morning.

  • Always have fresh meals, prepared using minimum quantity of oil. 

  • Take Fresh vegetables .

  • Always choose warm food.

  • Daily use of ‘Honey’ helps to control the excessive kapha.

Avoid:

  • Regular use of sweets, butter, cheese, paneer etc.

  • Dairy products especially curd and butter.

  • Foods containing preservatives, artificial flavours, colours etc. 

Ayurveda Treatment :

Following Ayurveda drugs may be started as soon as possible. Few of these drugs have been found very effective in current research works and are being practiced in India since thousands of years for combating various seasonal flu's and viral infections.

Panchakarma procedures like Nasya Karma and Sadya Vamana Karma are also very useful for all respiratory track infections.

There is no doubt that above said drugs and Panchakarma helps to expel Kapha from the body and also helps to stop or to slower the viral load from the body, which is ultimately responsible for high grade fever and other symptoms which are responsible for high rate of mortality.