Monday, April 27, 2009

Be careful......

Swine Flu Outbreak...

Swine influenza virus (SIV) - virus in the family of Orthomyxoviridae, causing acute respiratory diseases, endemic to pigs populations and also spreading from person to person. 3 main subtypes of Influenzavirus A are H1N1, H3N2 and H1N2.

Reading the highlighted news from Medscape and Yahoo! News, I just got to know that Swine Flu has been conquering the world starting from Mexico with current suspected of 1614 cases since April 13, 2009. Out of 1614 cases, 81 deaths are confirmed related to the flu. Moreover, there are 20 cases confirmed in U.S and another 8 cases in Canada. (Up-to-date statistic - please click here)

To prevent it from spreading into Russia, Russian Chief Veterinarian Inspector Nikolay Vlasov reviewed that the country has limited imports of pork from high-risk areas. Moreover, the country also considered quarantine travelers arriving from those places.

Clinical Signs
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Running nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetites
Complications - pneumonia, respiratory failure, fatal outcome.

Eating pork will cause swine flu?
The answer is NO. Swine flu spreads through close contact (less than 6 feet) with infected person or pig.

Pork chop still? ~YES!!

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Today, we started our new boring cycle - Social Medicine.

Imagine spending 4 hours in the class working on statistics, without understanding it... ~sick~


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Exams finishing on 17 June. Hurray!!

Time to rest, time to go home, time to eat!! =)

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