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Treatments For Swine Flu

In swine

As swine influenza is not often fatal to pigs, little treatment beyond rest and supportive care is necessary. Instead veterinary efforts are focused on preventing the extend of the virus throughout the farm, or to other farms. Immunization and animal management techniques are most significant in these efforts. Antibiotics are also used to treat this disease, which although they have no effect against the influenza virus, do help avoid bacterial pneumonia and other secondary disease in influenza-weakened herds.

In humans

If a person becomes ill with swine flu, antiviral drugs can make the illness milder and make the tolerant feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if in progress soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms). Beside antivirals, supportive care at home or in hospital, focus on controlling fevers, relieving pain and maintain fluid stability, as well as identify and treating any secondary disease or other medical problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (zanamivir) for the treatment and/or prevention of virus with swine influenza viruses; however, the majority of people infected with the virus make a full recovery without requiring medical notice or antiviral drugs. The virus isolates in the 2009 outbreak have been originate opposed to amantadine and rimantadine.

In the U.S., on April 27, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorizations to make accessible Relenza and Tamiflu antiviral drugs to treat the swine influenza virus in cases for which they at present unapproved. The agency issued these EUAs to allow treatment of patients younger than the current sanction allows and to allow the widespread sharing of the drugs, including by non-licensed volunteers.