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Farmers being educated on Swine Flu

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Despite the non- threat of the Influenza A H1N1 Virus or swine flu, the agriculture ministry is taking some precautions through an awareness programme for local farmers and pig rearers.

Agriculture Minister, Robert Persaud met with the representatives from the agriculture sector to offer some advice on animal health and the need for pig rearers to practice good hygiene on their farms.

The Agriculture Minister further reiterated what the World Health Organization has been saying, that the virus is not transmitted through pigs, but from human to human.

The Health Ministry is also continuing to undertake surveillance activities to monitor the local health sector.

Swine flu is a respiratory viral infection which elevated to level 5, meaning that several countries are now experiencing human to human transmission.

Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to those of regular or seasonal flu and include fever, lack of appetite and coughing. Some persons with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Like with all respiratory transmission risks the Health Ministry is advising persons to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with soap and water and try to avoid contact with sick people.

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