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Swine Flu

Just a few short facts..

The latest Swine Flu pandemic has put Great Britain into a bit of a tiz to say the very least. Here are some of the facts about the virus.

What exactly is Swine Flu?

Swine flu is a type of flu, and a basic version of the H1N1 strain, which is a disease that affects Pigs. There is no known original source of the disease.

What are the symptoms?

A fever (temperature over 38 degrees), lack of appetite, tiredness, coughing and streaming eyes. There have also been reports of diarhhoea, vomiting, sore throat and nausea.

What are the risks involved?

So far, in Great Britain, there have been 29 deaths from the virus. with 55,000 cases been diagnosed, increasing by the day. The illness, for most, is mild and will pass within 2-5 days. People with asthma, lung, kidney or liver diease are at a higher risk. People with diabetes, children under 5, pregnant women and elderly people are also at a higher risk.

How can we avoid it?

 We can try to avoid the virus by washing our hands at regular times and using the “Catch it, Kill it, Bin it” method.

What do i do if i think i am infected?

Because of this flu pandemic, there is a freephone telephone to call if you believe you may have contracted the virus (UK ONLY) – 0800 151 3100. Visit NHS 24 website for further details.

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