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Influenza A(H1N1) Questions & Answers
Name Gene Kim  (Homepage) Date 2009-05-28 23:59:08 (Hit : 3,639)

Influenza A(H1N1) Questions & Answers Q) What is the Influenza A(H1N1) virus? A) H1N1 is a novel strain of mutated virus that is currently causing respiratory illness in humans worldwide. Q) Does the virus spread between people? A) The World Heath Organization and the US CDC report that this virus is capable of human-to-human transmission. Influenza A(H1N1) can be transmitted via droplets from an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. Q) What are the symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1)? A) Symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1) are not much different from that of a regular seasonal influenza, such as fever, runny nose, soar throat, and cough. Some people have also reported nausea, fatigue, lack of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. Q) How can the people with Influenza A(H1N1) be treated? A) According to the US CDC antiviral medications oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are known to be effective in treating the Influenza A(H1N1). Q) How long is the Influenza A(H1N1) virus infectious? A) Influenza A(H1N1) is considered to be contagious for up to seven days after onset of symptoms. The infectious period may be longer in children. Q) How can I protect myself from Influenza A(H1N1) infection? A) - Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Clean your hands thoroughly after throwing the used tissue away. - Wash your hands often and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. - Try to avoid contact with people who appear to have fever or respiratory symptoms. Q) Is it safe to eat pork and pork products? A) Since Influenza A(H1N1) viruses are not transmitted by food, Influenza A(H1N1) cannot be contracted by eating pork or pork products. In addition, Influenza A(H1N1) viruses are destroyed by heating at over 70℃. Q) What measures is the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) taking to prevent Influenza A(H1N1)? A) - Surveillance for the early detection of Influenza A(H1N1) cases has been enhanced, through border control measures using thermal screening and Health Questionnaires for incoming passengers, to contain the entry of the disease into Korea. - ‘Guideline for Influenza A(H1N1) Prevention & Control ’ has been distributed to public health centers and health care facilities. KCDC also strives to secure adequate supplies of antiviral medications and N95 masks for the management of Influenza A(H1N1) cases. - We promote essential precautionary measures against influenza to the general public. Koreans travelling abroad are informed about the disease through international text messages (SMS).

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