05 August 2009

Swine flu in Bangalore

All over the world Swine influenza (also called H1N1 flu, swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu) is spreading. Bangalore is also vulnerable to this decease. So far there are 50 swine flu cases reported in Karanataka.

Photo of Swine flu virus

Hospitals conducting swine flu test in Bangalore (H1N1 Test in Bangalore Hospitals)

1. Victoria Hospital, Kalasipalyam, K R Market, Bangalore Ph: 080 26703294
This hospital is know as Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

2. Lakeside Hospital, # 33/4, Near Ulsoor Lake, Meanee Avenue Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore, Karnataka 560008 Ph: 080 25360823

3. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Hombegowda Nagar, Bengaluru, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Ph: 080 26632634

Swine influenza was first proposed to be a disease related to human influenza during the 1918 flu pandemic. In 1918 pandemic, anywhere from 50 to 100 million people were killed worldwide.

Swine Flu details at wiki

Swine Flu Symptoms
* fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
* cough
* runny nose or stuffy nose
* sore throat
* body aches
* headache
* chills
* fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
* diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal flu

Signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure.

Swine Flu Prevention & Treatment

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against H1N1 virus. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

Protect your health from Swine Flu H1Ni

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.


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