Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine flu 2009 – a world danger of pandemic???

Swine flu - signs, symptoms, virus, transmission, effects and impacts.
Swine flu is caused by following virus subtypes H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3. Also the avian H5N1 virus was detected in pigs.
The symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of flu-like illness and include fever, fatigue , body aches, cough, lethargy, lack of appetite, headache, sore throat and chills.
Prevention is based on personal cautions like hand-washing, coughing in tissue, elbow, etc, and the recommended medication for treatment of infection are Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (zanamivir). Antiviral drugs work best if taken soon after getting sick (within 2 days) and prevent complications.
Present updated statistics.
The swine flu "escaped" the American continent and the alarm bell starts to ring worldwide. The most affected country is Mexico with more than 150 people dead and 1600 infected. United States declared 40 infected people near New York but no deceased and Canada is the third country reporting the presence of virus in humans. Spain became on Monday (27/04/09) the first European country contracting the virus after a traveller returned from Mexico and shortly after, UK confirmed its 2 cases. Therefore the swine flu reaches a pandemic level.
The flu has an alternating effect on the markets. A negative impact lies on everything related to travel, the shares of the biggest european aircompanies like Lufthansa, KLM, Air France and British Airways dropped and as a consequence the price of the oil lowered affecting corporations like Shell, BP and Total. On the other side the only positive aspect is seen on the pharmaceutical market where the shares rose for Swiss company Roche and british firm Glaxosmithklein. These 2 companies increased the production of Tamiflu and Relenza, the main anti flu drugs.


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