Thursday, June 5, 2014

As rainy season approaches, MHO issues tips to prevent flu spread

Posted June 4, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

As the rainy season approaches, the Municipal Health Office (MHO) on Wednesday  issued tips to prevent the potential spread of influenza (flu).

Municipal Health Education Promotion Officer Arbie Aspiras said influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system, and is different from the stomach flu virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting.

"Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people who have weakened immune system are highly susceptible to flu. Incubation period is one to three days," He added.

Furthermore, according to Aspiras, the flu can be transmitted when the Influenza virus (A, B, or C) enters the respiratory tract when someone coughs or sneezes.

Flu can also spread via "contact with the surfaces, material, and clothing contaminated with discharges of an infected person," He said.

On the other hand, the Department of Health (DOH) said a study in 2013 showed seasonal influenza epidemics are likely in cold-dry and humid-rainy conditions.

The MHO also suggested that people distance themselves "by at least one meter from people who are coughing or have influenza."

It suggested as well that people cover their mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing to prevent the spread of the virus.

People should also wash their hands frequently with soap and water.

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