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Swine Flu Epidemic Reported on by Doctors on SIRIUS XM's Doctor Radio Channel
Date:4/30/2009

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TOP 10 SWINE FLU FAQs by Dr. Marc K. Siegel, Medical Director, Doctor Radio:

What Is Swine Flu?

It's a new strain of Influenza A, coming from a pig. The pig has contracted one human strain, two pig strains, and one bird strain of the flu. These all combined to make a new strain. Pigs are a Grand Central Station for flu and other viruses.

What Are the Symptoms?

They're similar to regular flu viruses, but the gastrointestinal symptoms are more severe. They include: severe fatigue; headache; sore throat; nasal congestion; vomiting; diarrhea; nausea

*Keep in mind regular flu season is over, so if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your doctor.

How Do You Get It?

Mostly by infected people coughing/sneezing around you, also passing it by touch is likely.

How Is It Passed?

You can pass it on to other people by coughing/sneezing on or near them, and possibly even touching surfaces that they later touch (and then touch their face, eyes, nose, etc.).

How Is It Treated?

There's no 'cure' for it, but you need:

Isolation/Rest

Fluids

Keep fever down

Consider anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza, but keep in mind this strain is resistant to many older anti-viral drugs.

How do you protect yourself?

Frequent hand-washing

Avoid sick people

Don't cough or sneeze on others

Stay home if you're sick!

Can You Catch It from Eating Pork Products?

While people in Mexico likely contracted this from handling infected pigs, eating pork products should be safe. Keep in mind to cook pork to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any viruses.

Is Traveling Safe?

Travel to Mexico is still statistically quite safe; the problem is st
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