FAQs on A(H1N1)

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explains to reporters how samples are tested for A(H1N1)

There are now 21 cases of A(H1N1) in the Philippines, and many of these attended that wedding in Zambales where one of the guests, a Taiwanese woman, later tested positive for the virus. The health department says they expect more cases of A(H1N1), as the new disease continues to spread to other countries around the world, and people continue to travel.

The disease follows the pattern of international travel, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an earlier briefing, when a reporter asked why there were very few cases reported in the Middle East and in Africa.
The virus began in Mexico, the WHO said, and from there spread to North America and then Europe. Following the pattern of international travel, it then went to Asia.

What are the symptoms of A(H1N1)? How can it be prevented? Can it be treated?
These are among the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on new Influenza virus, A(H1N1).
Though it’s a new flu virus, the symptoms are much like those of the seasonal flu virus: fever, headache, cough and cold, sore throat, runny nose. About half of those get ill, however, also have diarrhea and vomiting. The WHO said one has to be tested to find out for sure whether it’s an ordinary flu or the A(H1N1).

Though it’s a new virus, it can be treated; health authorities say Oseltamivir often works on those who get ill with A(H1N1). It can be prevented by such simple measures as frequent hand washing, and covering one’s nose or mouth when one sneezes or coughs. That’s because the virus is spread through droplets, which are expelled when one talks, sneezes or coughs.

The WHO has a very informative and extensive list of FAQs for those who would like to know more on how to protect themselves against A(H1N1). Click here for the link.

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