Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Swine Flu case on Oahu

eTN learned tonight about a case of Swine Flu or H1N1 virus has been confirmed this evening. The patient is an elderly man at the Hale Nani home on Oahu,

The patient had been at Hale Nani for several weeks and only tonight the diagnosis him infected and diagnosed as a  swine flu case was related to his relatives. He was transferred to an isolation room at the facility. Due to concerns in regards to payments the Hale Nani has not transferred him to an isolation unit of a hospital. eTN could not confirm if the Hawaii State Health Department was informed at this time.

Relatives are concerned for the patient to be now with other patients in an isolated room and may catch more viruses. The patient was originally treated after a heart attack.

Swine flu is highly contagious contagious and caused travel and tourism to South East Asia to collapse several years ago. It may be a high priority for Hawaii depending on this industry to do everything possible to avoid further spread of this disease. 

For people with mild cases of H1N1 flu, doctors probably won't give any prescription medicine. The treatment is just to stay home, stay away from other people, and take care of yourself. Mild H1N1 flu may go away on its own after a week or two.

Here is what you need to know about H1N1
Most people who catch H1N1 flu can take care of themselves at home; they will get better on their own in about two weeks. But some people get so sick from HN1 flu that they need to be treated in hospital. Some die from H1N1 flu.

These groups of people are more at risk for getting seriously sick from H1N1 flu. They are more likely to get flu complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections. If they have long-term (chronic) diseases, the flu can make their disease symptoms worse:

H1N1 flu is a new kind of flu in humans. It's caused by a contagious virus. H1N1 flu infects the breathing tubes in your nose, throat, and lungs.

H1N1 flu has many names: it's also called swine flu, human swine flu, and influenza A H1N1.
H1N1 flu symptoms are similar to regular seasonal flu symptoms:
sore throat
body aches
no appetite (don’t feel hungry)
nausea, vomiting (throwing up) or diarrhea
runny nose

Warning signs of severe flu in adults – get emergency help right away if you have one or more of these signs
it's hard to breathe, you're short of breath
blue or grey lips
pain or pressure in your chest or stomach
suddenly dizzy
dehydrated, not peeing (no urine)
lots of vomiting (throwing up)
your flu symptoms improve but then come back; your cough is worse and you have a fever.

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