General Studies I
Consider the following statements:
1. Every individual in the population is equally susceptible host for Swine Flu.
2. Antibiotics have no role in the primary treatment of Swine Flu.
3. To prevent the future spread of Swine Flu in the epidemic area, the swine (pigs) must all be culled.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
|A||1 and 2 only|
|C||2 and 3 only|
|D||1, 2 and 3|
Antibiotics are for killing bacteria, not viruses. Swine flu is a virus. Both bacteria and viruses are “germs” but they are different types of germs that need different types of medicines to get rid of them. There are antiviral medicines that work to kill viruses or weaken them. Sometimes antibiotics are given to people who have or have had the flu. This is done if they get or it is expected that they may get a secondary infection by bacteria.
Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.