How is the swine flu being treated in the UK?
The Influenza A H1N1 Swine Flu virus treatment mainly involves antiviral drugs and antibiotics to treat complications. The World Health Organization has rated the UK as one of the best-prepared countries for a swine flu pandemic. Stocks of antiviral medicines and antibiotics are available to treat anyone who becomes ill during the current pandemic.
Are there any new antibiotics for the swine flu?
Stocks of antiviral medicines and antibiotics are available to treat anyone who becomes ill during the current pandemic. A new vaccine against the virus is also being developed, with the first batches expected to be delivered in the autumn.
When was the swine flu found in humans?
In June 2010, scientists from Hong Kong reported discovery of a new swine flu virus: a hybrid of the pandemic H1N1 virus and viruses previously found in pigs. It was the first report of a reassortment of the pandemic virus, which in humans had been slow to evolve.
How does swine flu spread from person to person?
How does swine flu spread among pigs? Swine flu viruses are thought to be spread among pigs mostly through close contact and possibly from contaminated objects moving between infected and uninfected pigs.
What are the facts about the swine flu?
Swine flu (H1N1 and H3N2 influenza virus) facts 1 Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract… 2 Swine flu viruses may mutate (change) so that they are easily transmissible among humans. 3 The April 2009 swine flu outbreak (pandemic) was due to infection with the H1N1 virus…
Can a swine be infected with a human virus?
Pigs can be infected by avian influenza and human influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. When influenza viruses from different species infect pigs, the viruses can reassort (i.e. swap genes) and new viruses that are a mix of swine, human and/or avian influenza viruses can emerge.
Is there a new strain of swine flu?
But this year, a new strain of H2 flu emerges in Russia and spreads around the world, killing about 1 million people. Afterwards, H2 replaces H1 in humans. Such replacements seem to be a regular feature of flu pandemics.
What to do if you have swine flu symptoms?
If a person has flu, the following tips can help prevent further spread: Limit your contact with other people. Do not go to work or school while experiencing flu symptoms. Cover the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If no tissue is handy, cover the mouth and nose with your hand or crooked arm.