Symptoms of Swine Flu
The new health update on the swine flu, which has been released just days ago, revolves around a new strain of the disease, called Cinia Gabonensis. This strain is thought to have killed around a hundred people ininea recently and researchers are particularly hoping that this new strain will be better able to combat the problems that currently affect people who suffer from the illness. It is also hoped that this new strain of the virus will be able to carry a cure for H influenza virus, which is currently the most common cause of death related to the swine flu. This is especially important since there are no effective drugs currently available for treating the symptoms of H influenza virus and people who are infected with it often die within a few days of being diagnosed. However, the new strain of the disease is thought to be able to deal with those symptoms and this is what the researchers are looking at now as they try to create a vaccine that can deal with the illness.
In the new health update, the US National Institute of Health is also recommending that all people who have already been diagnosed with the swine flu be quarantined until more research can be conducted on the safety of this new strain. This is due to the fact that the scientists are still unsure whether or not it is a subtype of the swine flu and therefore not worth isolating people from the general population, who are so easily exposed to other strains of the virus. However, according to the researchers, it does mean that people who have only had one exposure to the new strain should be quarantined. Those people who have had multiple exposures should be quarantined but the exact numbers are not yet known.
As a result, the US government has released a number of recommendations to healthcare workers who may have come in contact with this experimental vaccine. For instance, all nurses should be fully vaccinated, regardless of whether they work for a specialty facility or a public health hospital. Health care workers who transport patients in the event that there is an outbreak should also be vaccinated. Additionally, all healthcare personnel should be required to wear gowns and masks while handling these vaccines. A full list of the recommendations available for healthcare personnel is available online.