BFN parents urged to take note of swine flu symptoms

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Parents of children who go to Kontiki Pre-Primary School in Bloemfontein are warned about side effects of swine flu and urged to keep their children at home should they indicate any symptoms.

This, after a child at the school has been diagnosed with swine flu. The disease, which affects pigs can in rare cases be passed to humans.

It is spread among pigs by direct and indirect contact from pigs that are infected but do not have symptoms.

It is caused by the H1N1 virus strain, with the World Organisation for Animal Health describing it as a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs which can cause serious production and economic losses.

Although, not recognised as a deadly virus in humans, parents are requested to be vigilant and report any sudden illness.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, chills and body aches.

It is preventable with a vaccine and treatable by a medical professional.

The Free State Department of Education is yet to confirm whether there have been any reports from other schools.

Katleho Morapela / OFM News