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Understanding the Symptoms and Precautions of the Assamese Swine Flu Outbreak

In response to a series of swine flu cases, including one fatality, reported in Assam’s Barak Valley, health department officials are employing Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM), and other frontline workers to investigate the outbreak’s potential spread. Dr. Subrata Das, Head of Internal Medicine and Diabetology at Sakra World Hospital in Bengaluru, highlighted that the symptoms of swine flu closely resemble those of common flu, raising concerns about its potential severity.

The swine flu outbreak in Assam has raised concerns, as its symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are akin to those of the common flu. Dr. Das emphasized that severe cases might lead to breathlessness and complications such as pneumonia and low oxygen levels.

Precautions against swine flu mirror those against Covid-19, including wearing masks, frequent hand washing, surface disinfection, and maintaining general hygiene. It is essential to avoid touching one’s face, cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and steer clear of sick individuals. Additionally, individuals feeling unwell are advised to stay at home to prevent the illness from spreading.

H1N1, one of the influenza virus types causing swine flu, is highly contagious, spreading swiftly among people. The virus was first discovered in pigs but now affects humans, with symptoms resembling those of common human flu. Annual flu vaccination for adults is strongly recommended to prevent serious flu complications and safeguard against swine flu.

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