The swine influenza virus is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs.
Strains of swine flu include:
- influenza C
The flu virus is common in pigs, research suggests that about half of breeding pigs having been exposed to the virus in the USA.
Those who work with animals such as poultry and swine have an increased risk of infection with influenza virus endemic in these animals.
Symptoms of swine flu include:
- fever & chills
- sore throat
- general fatigue
The treatment of swine flu normally is usually a course of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu. These can make the illness milder and make the “infected” feel better much faster. Antivials have also proved very beneficial in preventing prevent serious flu complications.
Antiviral drugs such as tamiflu work best if started soon after getting sick, usually within 2 days of beginning of the symptoms. General care at home or in hospital is focuses on the more serious symptoms like controlling fevers, relieving pain and maintaining fluid balance.
Care is also needed to diagnose those with preexisting medical conditions to ensure that secondary infections and futher complications do not arise.