The virus typically spreads from coughs and sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth. Symptoms are similar to :
1) Seasonal flu
3) Sore throat
6) Muscle or joint pains
7) Difficulty in breathing
8) Loss of appetite
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (51), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), France (2), Germany (6), Israel (3), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15). Influenza viruses are not known to be spread by eating food items.
AVOID H1N1 VIRUS!
In Mahallah Khadijah, you live in community. So, it is important for you to stay vigilant and take precautions against catching or transmitting the H1N1 influenza virus in order to protect yourself from this dangerous virus. Help prevent the spread of influenza by taking these precautions:
- Wash hands frequently, using soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Use hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly dirty or if soap and water are not accessible.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching door handles and other surfaces that may harbour influenza and other viruses.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than your hands