Health advisory on Swine Flu issued

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Panaji: Directorate of Health Services has issued precautions to the public on Do’s and Don’t’s  to prevent contracting or spreading of Swine Flu.

Do’s include Cover your mouth and nose with handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing, wash your hands frequently with soap and water before and after touching your nose, eyes or mouth, affected person should preferably avoid visiting crowded places, stay more than an arm’s length (2 meters) from persons affected with flu.

Similarly one has to take measures like do not spit in public and do not take medicine without consulting your doctor.

Clinical Symptoms are Fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, headache, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Affected person is advice not to take stress, stay physically active by regular exercise and drink plenty of water (at least 2-3 liters for adults) & eat nutritious food include vegetables & fruits.

The children below age of 5years, adults above 65 years, those suffering from respiratory problem, heart, kidney and liver diseases, pregnant women are more prone to the flu.

Department has said that the treatment for Influenza is available at all centres under Directorate of Health Services and Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC). Testing for Influenza A(H1N1) is done only for suspected admitted cases and facility for collecting samples is available at both Sub District Hospitals, District Hospitals and GMC.

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