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Hyderabad, May 1 The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has issued an advisory on the swine flu.

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.

“The strain responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak in most cases causes only mild symptoms and the infected person recovers fully in a few days,” Mr Vijaymohan Raj, Chairman (Communications) of TAAI, has said.

The association has outlined five steps to be followed.

a) Check on health care resources in the area you will be visiting before you depart.

b) While you’re in an area with reported swine flu cases, wash your hands often with soap and water, or if soap isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.

c) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

d) If you get sick while travelling, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and throw the tissue in the trash afterward.

e) Seek medical care if you are ill with a fever and other symptoms of swine flu, especially if you think you may have had contact with someone with swine flu or severe respiratory illness in the seven days before you got sick.

The TAAI has in addition put together an elaborate do’s and don’ts for travellers and urged them to take updates from the World Health Organisation, and local health authorities.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 2, 2009)
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