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Preventive measures for swine flu - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can i help you
User :   hi docotr
User :   i just wanted to know how to take precautions from swine flu for the kids of age 0-10
User :   in home and schools
Doctor :   ok
User :   there have been some deaths in schools and we are worried
Doctor :  
i will help you in this
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before that i like to ask you few Q
User :   yes pls
Doctor :  
where do you reside
User :  
Doctor :   i mean your residence city

User :  
Doctor :  
ok
User :   we have people here from every corner of the world
Doctor :   before i tell you the preventive measures
User :  
User :   yes go ahead
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i want to know how much you know about the disease swine flu
User :   well what I know is that it spreads from swine animal when it is live
User :   not from its meat
User :   also when once has it, he or she can spread it via air (true?) like a flu
User :   and that one should wash his hands more often, take care of cleaness
User :   and that it has a cure in early stage but the issue is how do we identify thn as the symptoms are of flu
User :   thats all
Doctor :   i understood what you know about the disease

Doctor :  
i like to give you complete info about the disease
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first and foremost swine flu is the name of a disease
User :   ok
Doctor :  
the disease manifest with fever, running nose, red eyes, throat pain
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it is just like other common flu where the symptoms are the same as mentioned
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now the causative agent
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it is a virus
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the name of the virus is H1N1
User :   ok
Doctor :  
it belongs to a family called influnzea
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now why it is called swine flu
User :   so far so godod
Doctor :  
this virus was first detected in the swine
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and it was named swine flu
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this disease was not affecting humans
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now it has started infecting the humans also
User :   you mean it was there for years?
Doctor :   yes
User :   in swines?
Doctor :  
yes
User :   whats name of animal doctor?
Doctor :  
i did not understand your Q
User :   what is the technical name for a doc who treats animals
User :   veterian doctor?
Doctor :   yes he is veteneray doctor
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now to the actual point
User :   dont these doct knew and were having medicines to treat those swines?
User :   if this was happening for years?
Doctor :   i am human doctor i dont have idea about treating pigs

User :   i know doc
User :   but you made an interestig point that the desease was there earlier
User :   in swine
User :   that means the bird flu was also there in birds
Doctor :  
i tell you this plz concenterate on it
User :   so how come humans now started to get this deaseas
User :   ok go on
Doctor :  
yes this is what i want to tell you
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this disease was in pigs and was not affecting the humans
User :   ok
Doctor :  
now since few years the human virus has acquired the characters of the swine flu virus and affecting the humans
Doctor :   now let me not confuse you much

Doctor :  
the point i wanted to make you is
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IT DOES NOT SPREAD FROM PIGS TO HUMANS
User :   i got it
User :   then how the humans got it in the first place
Doctor :  
IT SPREADS FROM HUMANS TO HUMANS
User :   but how humans got it ?
Doctor :  
the common cold virus which we call influenza virus accquired the character of swine virus
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it is by some genetic mutation and deletion and all big terms which happened in the virus
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now since already it has spread and causing damage to human life
Doctor :  
lets discuss about the preventive measures
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this virus is also like other cold virus
User :   ok
Doctor :  
it can infect any humans
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it spreads by air and contact
Doctor :  
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User :   i was dc
User :   issues with dsl
User :   sorry doc
Doctor :   Hi are you back
User :   i renewed my dsl
User :   it expired
Doctor :  
ok
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lets continue our discussion
User :   yes but
Doctor :  
ya tell me
User :   before you talk about prevention
User :   very curious to know
User :   since as you told me
User :   it had not spread fro animals to humans (which most people think )
User :   and the human finfluenza has develop similar symptoms
User :   tsymptoms sumilar to flu in swines so it is called swine flue
User :   but there is got to be some explanaation as to how human flue mutaed to flu of swines
User :   pls tell me?
Doctor :   see the human influenza virus is not a stable virus

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today it is in one form and tomorrow it will be in other form
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that is why we have flu outbreaks every now and then
User :   ok
Doctor :  
now it also has the capacity to imbibe the characterstic of other viruses which is in their family
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i mean now lets say there is influenzea family
User :   ok
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it has 10 members in it
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not all will affect humans or animals
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some say 1,2,5,9 affect humans
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and say 3,10 affect pigs
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4 ,7 monkeys
User :   go on
Doctor :  
though they are in same family they dont infect others
Doctor :  
now one of the virus which was affecting swines and causing flu has come into contact with
Doctor :  
virus which cause flu in humans
Doctor :   there is exchange of genetic material and some character of swine flu has come into the human virus
Doctor :   did you understand what i said
User :   yes
User :   but how "now one of the virus which was affecting swines and causing flu has come into contact with human flue" how? what medium?
Doctor :  
nature
Doctor :   these things keep happening everyday
User :   ok
User :   can i ask one more thing?
Doctor :   yes
User :   why then the viruse called it bird flu has caused suddenly so much death in birds
User :   i mean it should be normal to birds to have this flu, why so many birds started to die as if this virus is new to them?
Doctor :   it was happening previously also

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deaths were occuring in massive numbers among birds
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we were not concerned cause it did not affect humans
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once it started affecting humans we panicked and as you no the lot of noise in media
User :   ok got it
User :   but was thre no cure against this in birds?
User :   like a medicine for them
Doctor :  
so any thing happening in nature will not be considered unless it starts affecting humans
Doctor :  
medicine is not there even for flu of humans
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it is the symptomatic treatment only available
User :   so you mean its like AIDS no treatment exists?
Doctor :   aids is a deadly disease
Doctor :  
it has 100 % mortality that is death
User :   swine flue as well, people are dying and as per WHO thousands will die
Doctor :  
this flu you get every winter
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and how many people die
User :   few
User :   hardly
Doctor :  
only 1 or 2 out of thousand or ten thousand
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so it can be regarded as a milder disease
User :   right
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :  
so birdflu and swine flu also are milder diseases
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but the concern is
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what if we get a virus like aids again
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so so much research activity is going on to prevent, if not to contain
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now this swine flu has come
Doctor :  
we learnt that it is again like flu only
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deaths do occur but the numbers is again like very small compared to number of people infected
User :   if it is ONLY like a flue, why then govt quarantine those infected like as if they are cursed
User :   etc
Doctor :  
see this occured in one part of world
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and this virus was only in that country
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since it was a new virus
User :   you mean
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govt wanted to contain in that region only
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :   the virus is highly infective
Doctor :  
it got spread to all over the world now
User :   so if some one get a wine flue today like you or me god forbid, we should treat it like a normal flue with anti allergic etc and it will g oaway?
Doctor :   yes 80% of people treatment will go off without treatment only

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sorry
User :   cool
Doctor :  
80% of people disease is cured without treatment only
User :   i know what u meant:)
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
as now containment to one part is unsuccessful
Doctor :  
it is infecting like all other virus do to humans since ages
Doctor :   now lets come to prevention part
User :   indeed
Doctor :   please fill the feed back form

Doctor :  
it is again like preventing the common flu
User :   i did
User :   go ahead
Doctor :  
the virus reside grow and reproduce in the throat
Doctor :  
so any thing like, cough, spit sneeze contain the virus
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if any body cough and the droplet is inhaled by you
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you will get infection
User :   i will get infection for sure or my immunity can reject it?
Doctor :   the droplets in cough sits on your hand and you rub your eyes and nose you get infection
Doctor :  
good infection i said not disease
User :   ok
Doctor :  
now what is infection
Doctor :  
what is disease
Doctor :  
infection is if the virus get into you
User :   ah ok
Doctor :  
you are absolutely normal and you dont have symptoms at all
Doctor :  
if your immunity is good
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the virus will get aborted
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so you will not get disease
User :   understood
Doctor :  
disease is when you get the fever, sore throat, cough and all
Doctor :  
not all people who get infected will manifest with disease
Doctor :  
so now you know how the virus spreads and it cause disease
User :   yes
User :   i do and thanks to your wonderful and excellent explanation
User :   may I know your name Docotr
Doctor :   dr shekar
User :   nice to know you
Doctor :  
thank you
User :   and for your time. can i ask you couple of more questions or if u have patients waiting then later
Doctor :  
nice talking to you
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :  
you can proceed
User :   you said one word manifest
User :   that got me into thinking
User :   is it possible that I can get some symptoms of a deases which by itself look pretty alright for a desease but in actual fact I am perfectly alright in terms of physical but my brain is manisfesting that deases bec of severe emotion problem in my life
User :   is that possible?
Doctor :  
can you be little more clear
User :   if its yes
User :   then treating the desease will be likebeating the bush
User :   unless you treat the emotional issue
User :   no success
User :   you there?
User :   i think you were dc
Doctor :  
yes.
User :   you back ?
Doctor :  
please proceed..
User :   did you read what i typed about?
User :   whats happening?
Doctor :  
are you back
User :   yes
User :   i was thrown out of the chat wondow
User :   window
Doctor :  
ya i also got that
Doctor :  
now i can see your text
Doctor :  
ok
User :   ok
User :   must be a glitch in the program
User :   chat virus
User :   :)
Doctor :   now lets get back to the work
User :   yes
Doctor :  
tell me again your Q
User :   i have to type again
User :   ?
Doctor :  
i did not get any text previously you typed
User :   let me copy and paste
Doctor :  
give me in short
User :   hahid: is it possible that I can get some symptoms of a deases which by itself look pretty alright for a desease but in actual fact I am perfectly alright in terms of physical but my brain is manisfesting that deases bec of severe emotion problem in my life
shahid: is that possible?
User :   shahid: if its yes
shahid: then treating the desease will be likebeating the bush
shahid: unless you treat the emotional issue
shahid: no success
Doctor :   your physicaly alright and you have emotional stress

Doctor :  
ok now what disease your brain is percieving
User :   i mean am not alright physically but doc says there is no issue
User :   i have a burning severe hot feeling on my back
User :   runs from shoulder back
User :   some times spinal
User :   some times ankle
User :   like a hot current
User :   flows
User :   did mri etc
User :   says all seems ok
User :   maybe a press nerve slight
User :   but i went to one doc how says it could be a manisfestation
User :   bec i may have an emotional problem
User :   which is right
User :   i do have emotional problem for last 1 year and it wont g away
Doctor :   this problem is nothing to do with swine flu

Doctor :  
this is seprate entity
Doctor :  
what is that emotion problem
User :   u there
Doctor :  
i am asking you what is that emotion problem you are suffering from one year
User :   thats about it
User :   thats about it
Doctor :   what is that it you tell me i may help you in this
Doctor :  
you need to express clearly otherwise i may not be able to diagnosis and not able to give you the correct advise
Doctor :  
are you there
Doctor :   are you there

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