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Swine flu is prevalent in many parts of Tamil Nadu. Some of those affected have died. Similarly, some people in Coimbatore are suffering from swine flu and are being treated.
In this case, about the symptoms of swine flu and the test to confirm the effect, the health department officials said: If anyone has a cold, cough and fever, it may be a normal flu or a viral fever. People cannot detect it.
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In order to help doctors diagnose at an early stage, we have divided swine flu symptoms into three categories, A, B, and C.
If there is mild fever, cold, cough and sore throat, it is classified as A, if there is persistent high fever and sore throat, it is classified as B, and if there is a mild fever in the morning and sudden increase in the evening, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, it is classified as C.
In this, people with type A and type B effects do not need to be tested. ‘Tommy Flu’ pills are effective only if they are given in advance to swine flu sufferers. Therefore, we have advised the doctors to give ‘Tommy Flu’ pills to suspected infected persons while they are still in category B.
Delaying the administration of the pill can have serious consequences.
Same day result: Swine flu can be confirmed by a ‘swab’ test for those in category C. This test is done by H1N1 RT-PCR method.
A sample of mucus is taken from the throat area for testing. Sampling can also be done through the nose. If the test is done in the morning, the results will usually be known by the evening. If the test is done in the evening, the result will be available the next day.
After taking the sputum sample, take ‘Tommy Flu’ pill immediately. Regardless of whether the result of the test is that swine flu is absent or present, the tablets must be taken for 5 consecutive days. Children should take 5 more days of tablets.
Similarly, we have advised the doctors to give ‘Tommy Flu’ tablets to the family members of swine flu sufferers. People in category C must be hospitalized and treated.
They should be under constant observation until complete recovery. There is a ‘swab’ testing laboratory at Coimbatore Government Hospital on behalf of the government.
Testing is done here for free. For now, tests can also be conducted in private laboratories approved and granted permission by the government. Apart from the sufferers, it is unnecessary for others to undergo this test without the doctor’s instructions.
Preventive measures: Similar to the measures adopted to prevent the spread of corona, wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently with soap and isolating and treating people with symptoms are steps that can help prevent the spread of swine flu.
If you have any doubts, additional details or complaints about swine flu, you can contact the toll-free number 104. Thus they said.