Guyana takes precaution against swine flu.
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The local health sector says it is taking all the necessary precautions in the event that the Swine Flu, which is a highly contagious respiratory disease, surfaces in Guyana.
While the swine flu which is present in certain parts of America and Europe resulted in the illness and death of several persons, there is no immediate threat on the local health sector. The Health Minister however released a public advisory to inform persons of the flu and treatment that is available.
Some symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to those of regular or seasonal flu and include fever, lack of appetite and coughing. Other symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The Health Ministry is also advising that persons seek medical attention is these symptoms intensify, since the virus only takes about 48 hours to affect the respiratory system.
The swine flu virus which originally affected persons in close contact with pigs is however not transmitted by food, or by consuming pork or pork products. Health officials have said that the flu is transferred from human to human.
Persons are being advised to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, wash hands with soap often and try to avoid contact with sick people.
Health Care providers are also on the alert for any suspected case of Swine flu in Guyana, and will especially place emphasis on those persons who are experiencing the flu symptoms and who recently traveled to Mexico and the United States, and other nations that have recorded cases of the virus.