Recognising flu like symptoms
Influenza is an infectious illness that spreads from person to person, mainly through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
While a common cold starts gradually and usually only causes a mild sore throat, a cough and sneezing, and a stuffy, running nose; influenza is often more serious and limits our ability to continue with normal activities.
Influenza symptoms include: § Sudden onset of fever over 38° Celsius
§ Sudden onset of fever over 38° Celsius
§ Aching muscles and headache
§ Extreme tiredness and a desire to stay in bed
§ Dry cough
§ Runny or stuffy nose, sometimes a sore throat
§ Loss of appetite
§ Diarrhea and vomiting (some reported cases)
Confirmatory testing for Influenza A(H1N1) is only done for severe cases that require hospital admission.
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