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Short Q and A on swine flu. Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s information and advice. What is swine flu? Swine flu is a respiratory infection in pigs that is caused by a different flu virus than in humans. There has never been an outbreak found amongst pigs in Norway. There can be contagion between infected pigs and humans, and then only in cases of people that have had close contact with pigs. Contagion from human to human has been seldom until now.

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Short Q and A on swine flu

Published on Tuesday, 28th April, 2009 at 23:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 10th May 2009 at 23:37.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s information and advice.

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What is swine flu?

Swine flu is a respiratory infection in pigs that is caused by a different flu virus than in humans. There has never been an outbreak found amongst pigs in Norway. There can be contagion between infected pigs and humans, and then only in cases of people that have had close contact with pigs. Contagion from human to human has been seldom until now.

Has anybody in Norway been infected by swine flu?

No, they haven’t.

Is this particular swine flu virus infectious?

The American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that the virus is contagious and can be spread from person to person, but at the moment it is not known how easily the virus is transmitted between people. Information about this will be updated as we obtain more knowledge of the illness.

What symptoms do those who are infected by swine flu exhibit?

The symptoms of swine flu in humans resemble those that occur with normal influenza, such as fever, coughing, a sore throat, body pain, headaches, shivers, and tiredness. Some of the patients have reported diarrhoea and vomiting. In Mexico, symptoms that resemble serious pneumonia have been reported.

How does one become infected with swine flu?

·         By contact with someone who has contracted it. Contagion occurs in the same way as with ordinary
    flu, by coughing, sneezing, or close contact with people who are ill.

·         Either by contact either with infected pigs or environments in which swine flu is present (farms with
    pigs, pigsties where infected pigs have lived etc.)

What treatment is available for swine flu?

By medicines that counteract ordinary flu. The virus has no resistance to either Tamiflu or Relenza.

Is there a vaccine against swine flu?

No, at the moment there is no vaccine. The virus is so different to that which is used in the ordinary influenza vaccines, that they will hardly give any appreciable protection.

Is there any danger that swine flu can spread between countries, including Norway?

It’s too early to say whether the virus will spread to many countries should there be a pandemic. For many years, the Norwegian health authorities have worked on procedures that enable them to handle a pandemic situation in Norway, should it occur. There are detailed plans both on a central and council level. The authorities have a reserve of influenza medicine. This will be sent out quickly to the councils should the need arise. This reserve can cover the treatment of 1.4 million people.




Published on Tuesday, 28th April, 2009 at 23:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 10th May 2009 at 23:37.

This post has the following tags: swine, flu, contagious, treatment, tamiflu, symptoms, vaccine, norway.





  
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