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Dr. Samuel Graitcer
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Oseltamivir (Definition)

The brand name is tamiflu (oseltamivir). It is a prodrug, which means it is inactive until metabolized by a person's body into the active form. It blocks neuraminidase, an enzyme in influenza virus; by doing this, it prevents the flu virus from detaching from the host cell and slows the spread of the virus. It comes in a tablet form, as ...Read more


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Would you treat someone with sars or swine flu knowing you can possibly die?

Would you treat someone with sars or swine flu knowing you can possibly die?

Yes: Healthcare providers take risks everyday to take care of patients with potentially lethal diseases. We take precautions, especially when dealing with communicable diseases, but acquiring a serious disease comes with the territory. ...Read more

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Are doctors required to treat patients with sars and swine flu?

Are doctors required to treat patients with sars and swine flu?

If you are on call: You are on call. In fact, during an outbreak many physicians may have a duty to report to various hospitals and simply stay on. Pulmonologists, intensivists, and infectious disease physicians all expect to deal with potentially deadly infections, and take precautions. As a caveat, i took care of 28 patients in the h1n1 outbreak that were confirmed positive. ...Read more

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Is it true that the swine flu could spread faster than sars virus?

Is it true that the swine flu could spread faster than sars virus?

No: A single contact is sufficient for transmission of both viruses. Every year we see the flu virus infect millions of people in a few days or weeks. ...Read more

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Are there seasonality for sars, swine flu, bird flu?

No, yes, yes: Influenza tends to start in the late fall, peak through the winter and taper off in the spring. Sars occurred over 1.5 years and had sporadic outbreaks based on contacts and animal carriers, and hasn't been seen since 2004. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between swine flu and sars?

What is the main difference between swine flu and sars?

Viral type: The sars illness was caused by a coronavirus and "swine flu" is the influenza subtype h1n1. Both result in a severe pneumonia and can result in mutliple organ failure leading to death. The mortality rate of sars was much higher than the pandemic h1n1, as was the propensity to spread via the air. ...Read more

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How would you compare and contrast sars with the swine flu?

No: "swine" or h1n2 influenza is a specific virus serotype. The specific viral serotype for sars was not identified as being the same virus. ...Read more

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In comparison to sars and bird flu, how bad is swine flu?

Less severe: As of now swine flu is difficult to transmit to humans, therefore is less of a direct health threat, at present unless one has prolonged exposure to pigs. The virus has some biological similarities to a flu virus that caused a very deadly flu pandemic in 1918 which killed 50 million people. The fear is a mutation in the swine flu virus could enable it to more easily infect humans, as in 1918. ...Read more

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When compared to sars and the bird flu, how bad is this swine flu right now?

When compared to sars and the bird flu, how bad is this swine flu right now?

Not bad: The swine flu 2 years ago (2009) was quite bad at first but, given the rapid development of a vaccine, infection control, and aggressive treatment, it came under control nicely. This year (2011-12) the influenza outbreak has been mild to date (december 27). There are no current sars or bird flu outbreaks in north america. ...Read more

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What makes swine flu different from sars?

What makes swine flu different from sars?

Different virus: Swine flu is the h1n1 variant of the human influenza virus. Sars is a form of the coronavirus. They both exhibit different mechanisms of replication in the cell and entry into the cell, have different replication rates, and different virulence factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) (Definition)

SARS is a severe viral respiratory illness. It is contagious, and may be life-threatening. Common symptoms include cough, trouble breathing, and high fever. ...Read more