Monday, July 20, 2009

H1N1 - Swine Flu Virus

H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus has become global flu pandemic virus causing illness in people. The World Health Organization (WHO) decided to raise its global alert level from 5 to 6 after confirming the widespread of outbreaks that reaches across several continents. The virus was first detected April 2009 in United States, Mexico and Canada. In 1968, the last global flu pandemic came which killed about 1 million people worldwide was called “Hong Kong” flu.

According to studies that the influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface. Germs can be spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touches your mouth, nose and eyes. Even a sneeze or droplets from a cough of an infected person which moves through air can also infect others.

The virus infects many people in our country and even here in our town the case of pandemic had threaten to many students. Some schools which has H1N1 cases suspended their classes for few days to quarantine the area. This virus affects people seriously and we must take the prevention seriously as well. Taking enough rest, proper hand washing, eating the proper diet, exercise and taking vitamins can be one of the preventive measures of the virus. No one can help you away from the virus; it is you who is responsible on your health.