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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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What to do if I have to do this leaflet for years 1+2 about diseases, like sars and swine flu. How are they transmitted?

Leaflet: If asked to do a leaflet about a medical topic that is not in an area of yoru expertise, it would be wise to consult an authoritative source like the CDC website for information. The CDC does a good job in making medical information available in a way that everyone can understand it.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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What is the main difference between sars and flu?

What is the main difference between sars and flu?

SARS vs influenza: Both of these viral infections are bad news- SARS is worse, since there's no good antiviral treatment or vaccine-whereas at least flu has antiviral medication and a vaccine that can help tremendously. SARS is a corona virus (looks like a little crown under an electron microscope). Flu is an orthomyxovirus. Good hygiene practices go a long way in preventing these diseases. Luckily no SARS right now

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How can I tell the difference between swine flu and the common flu?

Seasonal v swine flu: Swine flu typically presents with rapid onset (3 to 5 hours) with a fever (, > 100°), chills, headache, severe aches and pain, fatigue, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea and possibly vomiting. Seasonal flu usually presents over several days with a high fever (102-104°); with severe muscle aches & pains, exhaustion, non-productive cough with nasal congestion, sneezing, >.

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Can there be any difference between swine flu symptoms and the normal flu symptoms?

Can there be any difference between swine flu symptoms and the normal flu symptoms?

Yes: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www. Newmilfordschools. Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu. Pdf.

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What can you do to tell the difference between swine flu and regular old flu?

No big difference: Every year a different strain of influenza predominates. Some years it is called swine flu because it is thought to originate from pigs. Other strains may originate with birds. In any year there are more than one strain, so if you get the flu, there is no way to know whether it is the 'swine' variety or another.

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What is the difference between the average flu season and swine flu?

What is the difference between the average flu season and swine flu?

See below: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www. Newmilfordschools. Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu. Pdf.

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What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu?

What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu?

Different strains: Avian flu (h5n1) and swine flu (h1n1) are different strains and have different rates of infection and typical courses when they infect people. The cdc has lots of great info on this. For more information... http://www. Cdc. Gov.

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What's the difference between the swine flu and the bird flu?

Different strains of: Influenza a virus. The different stains have different molecules on their surface and selectively infect certain species. For more information see this site. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/avian/gen-info/flu-viruses. Htm.

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The difference between regular and swine flu?

Swine flu has high m: Swinf flu like the epidemic that we had 2 years ago, h1n1 flu has higher mortality rate. Affected children 6 months to 26 years of age. The patients are sicker than regular flu and should be admitted to the hospital.

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What's the difference between a cold and the swine flu?

What's the difference between a cold and the swine flu?

Symptoms: A cold comes on gradually while flu onset is aburpt and sudden. Flu symptoms can be reduced if treated early (less than 72 hrs fro onset) with a drug like tamiflu (oseltamivir). A cold runs its course but you can take symptomatic drugs like theraflu. If you are takign drugs for blod pressure, etc, contact your physician before takign over the counter cold meds.

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