What exactly is swine flu?

Swine flu is a relatively new strain of influenza, which can be serious for people in at-risk groups . Initially, this virus was only capable of spreading amongst pigs, but it has mutated to infect humans as well. This advanced strain of the virus, H1N1, has similar symptoms to the regular seasonal flu, but can be deadly if left untreated. Swine flu has the ability to evolve, as well as swap genetic components with other flu viruses, making it transmissible between humans.

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Should we be concerned about the swine flu virus?

The spread of swine flu is still relatively limited and human infections are far from widespread. It was originally announced as a worldwide pandemic in June 2009 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), but, since then, has been officially declared over.

Though the infection rate of swine flu has slowed down, it is still very much active today with the WHO still monitoring any H1N1 infections to ensure that another outbreak of the virus doesn't happen again.

It is still a good idea to be aware of the symptoms of swine flu:

A popular misconception is that eating pork can trigger the H1N1 flu and that the virus is directly correlated to the consumption of improperly cooked pork. In fact, the virus is airborne and not food-borne so this is simply not true. Despite this, you should always cook your food thoroughly at 70°C (158°F).

In most cases, swine flu is not fatal and those who die as a result of it usually have pre-existing health problems, which had lowered their immunity. Most people who develop the virus will experience mild symptoms.

What are the available treatments for swine flu?

Swine flu is a relatively new strain of the influenza type A virus and there has yet to be a medication that completely cures the virus. There are, however, two credible treatments available that can help cure and prevent the symptoms of swine flu, named Tamiflu and Relenza. A doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to help treat swine flu patients who develop complications.

How do these treatments work to combat swine flu?

Tamiflu and Relenza are both neuraminidase inhibitors. Basically, this means that they attach themselves to the neuraminidase enzymes, preventing newly formed viral particles from being freely released into other regions of the body. These treatments will attack the virus before it spreads, preventing it from causing severe damage to your organs. Tamiflu appears to be the more effective of the two because of its active ingredient, oseltamivir phosphate.

How should this treatment be taken and is it appropriate for children?

Tamiflu treatment comes in pill form and requires two pills to be taken daily throughout a five-day period. You can take the pills with or without food, but it is generally better when taken with food as this will limit stomach cramps. The medication should always be stored at room temperature and is considered unsuitable for children under the age of 12.

Can I get effective treatment for swine flu online?

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