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Recognising flu like symptoms

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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

§ 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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