Is Swine Flu in South Africa and are our children at risk?
On Monday I took my 17 month old son to our GP, Dr Louis Muller, as he had a temperature and was flushed. He had a runny nose and a cough. I assumed it would be either tonsilitis or bronchialitis as usual.
Imagine my shock when I was told it could be Swine Flu! I took my son to Pathcare and collected my daughter from school.
I know nothing about Swine Flu. I heard about outbreaks in India recently but to be honest I really hadn’t paid much attention. I didn’t know of any recent cases of Swine Flu in South Africa.
I kept my kids home on Tuesday as instructed by my doctor (hubby also had to stay home) and wait for the results. Of course I also did some Googling and what I found was scary. In India over 30 000 people got Swine Flu towards the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, and over 1 800 people died from it.
It was a long wait until the results came in late on Tuesday afternoon, thankfully he got the all clear. I never thought I would be pleased to hear my son has bronchialitis but I am so grateful and happy.
According to News24 there is not an outbreak of Swine Flu in South Africa, just a few isolated cases. Click here to read the article. There are 2 strains of Swine Flu, Type A and Type B. Type B is the very contagious and dangerous one.
However the fact remains that there have been a few reported cases, although it is unclear to me whether it is Type A or B cases.
High risk groups include children under 4 years old, pregnant women, people with lung conditions, people with haematological and metabolic disorders and the elderly (over 65 years old).
Click here to read Dr Louis Muller’s description of Swine Flu.