Wednesday, May 13, 2009

H1N1 (Swine) Flu may present without a fever

I have been critical of the panicky tone that mainstream media stories about H1N1 (i.e. Swine) Flu have taken on. During slow news times, it has been the default story with the clear undertone - "We're all gonna die!"

But the H1N1 truly is a weird mutation of the virus, and it is preventing doctors from always getting a tight grip on what they are fighting. The newest wrinkle is H1N1 infection may NOT spike a fever in some patients. Fever is used almost universally as the sign of a serious flu, and the lack of this in many Mexican patients may indicate that American flu counts may be low. The virus is also presenting with diarrhea, which is not typical of most influenza infections.

The moral of the story? If you feel sick, and there is no clear cause like allergies or that week-old slice of moldy pizza you ate last night, go to the doctor for diagnosis. Properly treated, H1N1 is easily cured. Left untreated, it can be deadly... and highly infectious.


Mrs. Bowhunter said...

Ummm, last time i checked a virus can't be cured but the symptoms can be managed.

Nomad said...

Well, Nurse Bowhunter has better qualifications than I do. :-) But there are antivirals these days, and last I had read there are treatments for certain viruses. Still, the key is TREATMENT to keep you alive and safe, rather than letting it fester until you are at death's door.

Joe Stan said...

The vaccine is already on the process. I have heard that they will finish the testing before the year ends. But I hope they finish it earlier.

There is also a cure but you can only take it if you are positive of the H1N1 virus. If not, it will just make the virus immune to that medicine.

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