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American Academy of Disaster Medicine's (AADM) President Comments on U.S. Public Health System, Discusses Swine Flu Infection and Prevention
Date:4/28/2009

erson to person, the virus can mutate more rapidly making it much more difficult to identify and treat. At this time no bio-terrorism-related concern has been noted according to the recent briefing by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

3. What are the symptoms of this new swine flu in humans?
The symptoms are vague - just like one would expect from a regular flu - such as fatigue, sore throat, cough, nausea and vomiting, chills, and watery bowel movements, to name a few.

4. Can this new swine flu be even more fatal then the so-called "seasonal flu"?
Any flu has the potential to cause high rates of sickness and death, primarily in those patients who have weak immune systems from any pre-existing conditions. We need to remember each year the seasonal flu can cause anywhere from 300,000 to 600,000 annual deaths worldwide. The concern with the current swine flu is the rapid spread among populations with no ability to vaccinate high risk groups, including the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions, or even the entire population at large. Because this viral strain is new, the current supply of vaccines will not work.

5. How can I keep myself and my family from catching the swine flu?
No vaccines are available to help develop immunity. The "keys" here are the following:
a) Wash your hands after contact with anyone
b) Stay clear of densely packed environments such as stadiums or concerts until the virus has been controlled
c) Eat a proper diet with plenty of washed fruits and vegetables, and get regular exercise
d) Avoid prolonged contact with individuals who are ill. Keep bathrooms and kitchens particularly clean.

6. Can I take any medicines to prevent swine flu, and there medicines available for treatment?
There are no medicines, over-the-counter products, or vaccines to currently prevent against this virus. There are anti-viral medications that can be ad
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