H1N1 Communication... as received

Posted by Shamrez Zack | 3:10 AM

Just received a statutory communication from my employer regarding Swine Flu/H1N1. Considered it obligatory to pass this on to my friends... Here it go...


Information from WHO (Wordl Health Organization) these previous days mention a Swine Flu pandemic. This Flu is transmittable from person to person, unlike avian flu where transmission person to person hasn’t been proved.

What is swine flu?

Pigs spread their own strains of influenza and every so often people catch one,
usually after contact with the animals. This new strain is a mix of pig viruses with some human and bird viruses.
Unlike more typical swine flu, it is spreading person‐to‐person.
Apart from Mexico, there are very few established occurrences; nevertheless we have to remain vigilant.

Is Swine Flu infectiuous ?

Yes, it is. Transmission may occur person to person

How does SWINE FLU spreads to humans?

As a classic flu :
o Through caugh, sneezes, nose blowings,
o By touching infected surfaces or objects then by touching mouth and nose.

What are signs and symptoms ?

The same as classic flu : fever, caugh, throatache, headache, cold and weakness

How diagnose Swine Flu ?

By taking samples and virological analysis.

Does a Swine Flu vaccine exist ?

No, Seasonal Flu vaccine is ineffective.

Do medications exist to treat Swine Flu ?

Yes, Tamiflu® and Relenza® are effective treatments.
On medical advice, take the treatment as soon as possible within the first 2 days after the first symptoms of flu.
Also possible as prevention measure, always on medical prescrition.

How long Swine Flu infected peole remain infectious ?

Possible contagion during the incubation period (1 to 7 days) and during the illness.


Follow the instructions given in the arrival airport,
Use disposable handkerchiefs during caughs and sneezes,
Wash hands as often as possible with water and soap, for 30 seconds at least,
particularly after caughing and sneezing an/or use specific disinfectant solutions
(Alcoholic gels),
Avoid contact with infected people (public gathering),

In case of symptoms when abroad

Contact immediately Repatriation assistance company to get appropriate information
on course of actions to be taken
In case of symptoms back to home
During the fight : Warn aircraft crew
After the arrival : phone to the doctor
Don’t go to your family doctor (Risk of contamination of patients in the waiting room).

If you find it useful, dont think twice before passing it on...


For a healthy world :)

  1. ARUNA May 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

    nice info Zack!!!

  2. Amrit May 30, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

    Hey nice info dude...and good deed as well!!

  3. Anonymous May 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

    Hey nice info dude..and a good deed as well!!

  4. Shamrez Zack May 31, 2009 at 5:18 AM  

    Thanks for the comments guyz....

    Hope the info is scattered...

  5. Nikki July 23, 2009 at 1:37 AM  

    Nice tag but its quite long! Thanks for following!