Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs but is spread primarily from person to person.
Like other strains of the flu, H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze can cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like doorknobs, waiting to be picked up.
People At Risk
adults over age 65
children under 5 years old
young adults and children under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin (Bufferin) therapy
people with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, or neuromuscular disease
Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus particles. People may spread it by:
touching a germ-covered surface and then touching their eyes or nose.
runny or stuffy nose
nausea and vomiting
Swine Flu Outbreak
On Saturday it was alleged that one person had died of a suspected swine flu infection at MP Shah Hospital.
“We also got the rumor and we sent a team to investigate the matter. The results will be out hopefully tomorrow,”
The Health Ministry is investigating the reports.