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How is the H1N1 (swine flu) treated?


The H1N1 flu, also popularly referred to as swine flu, is a respiratory disease caused by the type A influenza virus. Transmission and symptoms are the same as the human seasonal flu. Swine flu is an acute respiratory illness with fever and a positive upper respiratory specimen constitutes a positive case of H1N1 flu. Amantadine, rimantadine and the seasonal influenza vaccine, will not prevent or treat H1N1 flu. Tamiflu® (oseltamivir) and Relenza® (zanamivir) can be used to treat and prevent influenza A and B virus. Antiviral drugs work best when started within the first 48 hours of onset, but may be started later if necessary.

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