Mexican flu/swine flu/ novel A/H1N1 is similar to the seasonal flu, influenza A A/H3N2 experienced during this year’s Western Cape winter. Both are Influenza A viruses, but different strains, causing the same symptoms.
Treatment of Mexican flu is exactly the same as for seasonal flu: consult a doctor; stay in bed; control fever through medication; rest and take in plenty of fluids.
There is no specific advantage to confirmation of the H1N1 virus (novel) in patients as that will not affect/change the treatment. Therefore Campus Health Services do not test for Mexican flu.
As with any illness, consultations are for the patient’s own account.
Only in severe cases where the functioning of a patient’s immune system is questioned, additional medication may be prescribed, at the medical practitioner’s discretion.
Campus Health Services remains in regular contact with the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to ensure that the University remains informed on the latest developments.
The spreading of the virus can be curbed by washing your hands regularly; not touching your face, and by sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm.