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This summer, health news was dominated by information on the H1N1 flu virus. And just like a child’s game of “telephone,” the facts about the disease got mixed up by the time they’d traveled person to person. So we’ve put together a list of the most important swine flu facts and myths, as well as information on what you can do to keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. How many people have been affected? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 556 deaths from H1N1 as of late August, and 8,843 patients hospitalized because of the disease. More importantly, the CDC has found that the rates of hospitalization of H1N1 patients are similar to the number of people hospitalized for the seasonal flu every year. What about the number of people predicted to get it? Some health organizations believe there may be anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 deaths from swine flu this year, and though those numbers can ...
RSV; Palivizumab; Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immune Globulin
Bluish skin color due to a lack of oxygen ( cyanosis )
or labored breathing
Croupy cough (often described as a "seal bark" cough)
Shortness of breath
Note: Symptoms vary and differ with age. Infants under age 1 are most severely affected and often have the most trouble breathing. Older children usually have only mild, cold-like symptoms. Symptoms usually appear 4 - 6 days after coming in contact with the virus.
Signs and tests
Rapid tests for this virus can be done on a fluid sample taken from the nose at many hospitals and clinics.
The common cold (also called viral rhinitis) is a viral infection, characterized by nasal congestion , a clear, runny nose, sneezing , scratchy throat and general malaise . For all its achievements, medical science does not have a cure for the common cold. The common cold is a minor illness caused by one of as many as 200 different kinds of viruses, including rhinovirus and adenovirus. These viruses can also cause laryngitis or bronchitis by infecting either the larynx (the "voice box") or the bronchial tubes in the lungs. Infections are spread from one person to another, by hand-to-hand contact, or by a cough or sneeze that sprays many virus particles into the air. A person in good health who becomes the victim of a cold may not need to see a doctor. These viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Severe infections, however, may require medical care and prescription medication. If you develop a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, have a history of asthma , an ear infection, la...
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