Pig Flu Facts

Swine Influenza

The WHO set the pandemic alert level to 3

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1. Pig Flu - what is it?

Pig flu is an animal disease. It usually affects only pigs or porcine species. The pig flu is also known as swine flu or as swine influenza.

2. The “Mexican Swine Flu Virus” - A/H1N1

The current threat (the Mexican Swine Flu) stems from a human flu virus, not from a swine flu virus. The naming is due to its virological history, as it is a cross bred flu virus. It is a human flu virus mingled with swine flu and probably also with bird flu virus variants. The scientific nick name of the dangerous virus family is A/H1N1.

3. How does the virus spread?

The pig flu virus spreads like any ordinary flu virus very easily among humans. It spreads through the air and keeps sticking on surfaces for several days. You might inhale it simply by breathing, or you might incorporate it some time after touching a surface with the contagious swine flu virus on it.

4. How to prevent a swine flu infection

The most effective preventive measures against the swine flu are quite simple. In times of high infection rates you can lower the risk to catch the swine flu virus very much by four simple actions:

  1. Avoid gatherings or crowds
  2. Wash your hands with soap when entering your home or office
  3. Wash your hands with soap before eating or drinking
  4. Wear a surgical mask

5. What should you do when feeling infected?

Please get professional medical advice if you have reason to think you are infected with the swine flu. Some tips:

  1. Check with the doctors!
  2. Use throwaway tissue when sneezing or coughing
  3. Wear a surgical mask in public to avoid spreading the virus
  4. Drink water and herbal teas, consume soup, avoid alcohol.