Saturday, July 25, 2009
H1N1: What You Need To Know
Influenza A ( H1N1 ) Alert!
Is an acute respiratory infection caused by Influenza A virus (H1N1 subtype). It is spreading very fast to several countries including Malaysia as a result of the appearance of new form of Influenza A virus ( novel ) which is due to genetic mutation processes. Therefore, everyone is at risk once exposed to this virus due to absence of immunity in human body. It also considered as contagious diseases which can be transmitted from human to human.
According to World Health Organisation ( WHO ), these Influenza A ( H1N1 ) outbreak did occurred in 1918 which causing death to more than 50 millions peoples worldwide. Till 30th June 2009, there are 71076 reported cases in 116 countries which result in 311 deaths.
ROUTE OF INFECTION
This communicable diseases can be spread through :
Direct contact with infected person ( via cough droplet or sneeze )
Surfaces contaminated with Influenza A viruses ( H1N1 )
SYMPTOMS OF INFLUENZA A ( H1N1 )
High fever ( > 38 * C )
Difficulty in breathing
Bodyache / myalgia
If YOU have the above symptoms
a. Have direct contact with Influenza A ( H1N1 ) confirmed cases such as boarding with the same car / aircraft or staying in the same house
b. recent ( within a week ) travel / visit to the areas which posses Influenza A ( H1N1 ) cases.
YOU are advised to seek immediate treatment at any government hospital
Please kindly take note of these measures :
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Do practice cough ettiquette accordingly
Wash your hands with soap and adequate water after cough / sneeze or touching any polluted / contaminated surface
You must use an appropriate protective mask if you are infected with Influenza A ( H1N1 )
AVOID direct contact with Influenza A ( H1N1 ) cases or any crowded area
Please seek immediate treatment if you having Influenza A ( H1N1 ) symptoms
Travel to the affected area / country should be AVOIDED
Practice good personal hygiene at all time and have a balanced diet