Like every 14-year old, she was a happy child. One day, she fell ill and got admitted to the local hospital. However, the lack of proper medical attention and inability to identify the true causes of her illness, Rida became the first victim of the deadly disease called ‘the swine flu.’
Swine flu, officially known as H1N1 flue, is a kind of respiratory disease which is caused by Type A influenza viruses. The disease was initially broke out in Mexico and the United States in March and April in 2009.
The common symptoms of swine flu are very much similar to seasonal flu that include cough, fever, sore throat, body aches, runny nose, fatigue, headaches and chills. In advanced stage, patients may experience nausea, diarrhea and vomiting as well. So, far 429 deaths have been reported by swine flu. The total number of confirmed cases of H1N1 world wide is 94, 512. In India, Rida Sheikh of Pune is the first victim of this deadly disease. The total number of swine flu toll has reached to 574 of whom 470 have been discharged from hospitals. However, the number of patients has been increasing every day.
H1N1 is a contagious disease and usually spread from human to human through normal air contact such as sneezing and coughing of infected people. If you touch the flue infected things and then touch your mouth or nose, your chances of getting the virus are quite high.
To protect yourself from this disease, it is important to stay clean, avoid touching nose or mouth with bare hands, avoiding close contacts with infected people. Non-vegetarians are suggested to eat properly cooked meat only.