Swine flu vs FIFA confederation cup

Written by on May 3, 2009 in u

The confederation cup is about a month away.  FIFA have said they will not cancel the 2010 dress rehearsal. Danny Jordaan said the show must go on..

Four countries scheduled to participate in the Confederations Cup, Spain, New Zealand, Brazil and the US, have reported cases of the flu.

Airports are gearing up for the influx of soccer fans.

  • Thermal scanners to detect raised body temperatures will be operational at all three major airports from this week
  • isolation wards are being set up at hospitals near OR Tambo International Airport
  • enough stock of antiviral medication to treat 100000 infections has been secured.

South Africa had two scares of swine flu. Both cases are clear.

What is swine flu?

Swine flu cannot be caused by eating pork products but, like other forms of influenza, is a respiratory illness spread from person to person by an infected person’s viral particles being dispersed during coughing or sneezing.

Non-infected people then inhale the virus, or become infected by touching surfaces on which the virus has been deposited and then transferring it to their eyes, mouth or nose.

The symptoms are similar to human flu and include a sudden fever with a high temperature, chills, fatigue, coughing, sore throat, headaches, swollen joints etc, although swine flu victims also report vomiting and diarrhoea.

How can I protect myself and prevent illness?

Practise general preventive measures for influenza to prevent infection:

  • avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and have fever and cough;
  • wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often;
  • practise good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active.

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