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Prudence and calm are the words of order of the health authorities to the world population regarding the swine influenza virus. Many are the doubts and concerns of parents about this virus, its contagion, its diagnosis, treatment, and mainly about what measures they can take to keep their babies and children safe from this disease.
I put myself in the shoes of mothers in the areas affected by the virus and I am terrified just thinking of so many measures that I would have to take to avoid contagion to my son. Influenza is spread from person to person through secretions from the nose and mouth: coughing, sneezing, talking, singing, etc., or by direct contact: the hands, when the patient does not wash them, kisses, etc. In Spain, the Ministry of Health confirms a case of swine flu in Almansa, Albacete, and suspected cases in Catalonia, Andalusia, Aragon, Valencia, Madrid, the Basque Country, Navarra, and Castilla-La Mancha.
It is a very contagious disease that, if well treated, can last between 3 and 7 days from the start of symptoms. In the little ones, the virus resists for just over 10 days. Its greatest risk is when it occurs in closed places such as rooms, nurseries, schools, nursing homes, shelters, cinemas, among others. The important thing is that the disease is detected as soon as possible to prevent the respiratory picture from becoming more complicated and further, to pneumonia, sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchopneumonia,
The best way to prevent your child from catching the swine flu virus is: - Stay away from people who have a respiratory infection; - Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, before having contact with patients, preparing or eating food, treating a wound, using the computer, and maintaining hygiene after using the bathroom, coughing and sneezing, blowing the nose, using public transport, being in contact with animals, handling garbage or diapers, returning from the street.- Do not greet with kisses or hands- Do not share food, glasses or cutlery- Ventilate and let heat and sunlight enter the house, offices, and in all closed places- Avoid places with a lot of crowds of people .- Maintain the hygiene of the objects of daily use. Swine influenza is not transmitted by the consumption of pork and its derivative products, from when they are handled and cooked properly.
The diagnosis of a swine influenza type A infection is generally made through the laboratory analysis of a sample of secretion from the respiratory system within the first 4 or 5 days of detection of the disease. In the case of children, the spread of the virus can last 10 to more days. The disease can also be diagnosed by testing blood to identify antibodies.
For pigs, yes, but there is no specific vaccine to protect people against swine flu. The vaccine is expected in late 2009. The flu or seasonal influenza vaccine, and even the one used for bird flu, may provide partial protection against other flu viruses, but not against swine influenza viruses. . However, there are medications that control symptoms, treat and cure the sick, even if they only need to be prescribed by the child's doctor.Vilma Medina. Editor of our site
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