Friday, June 19, 2009

What is Influenza A(H1N1) Virus?

Influenza A (H1N1) is a new virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in April 2009 in the United States. This virus is spreading from person-to –person, probably in much the same way that the regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

Signs and Symptoms in Humans

  • Similar to the symptoms of regular flu such as fever, headache, fatigue, lack of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, and cough
  • Vomitting or nausea
  • Diarrhea

Mode of Transmission

Exposure to droplets from the cough and sneeze of the infected person. Influenza A (H1N1) is not transmitted by eating thoroughly cooked pork.


  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Always wash hands with soap and water
  • Use alcohol- based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Increase your body's resistance
  • Have at least 8 hours of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat nutritious food


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