For the clinical care of swine flu or collection of the respiratory specimens from symptomatic individual with a confirmed swine flu case or even the suspected case, it is better to note the following things.
People with swine flu infections need to be considered contagious for at least up to a time period of 7 days following the onset of illness. People who continue to be sick longer than this time frame after the disease onset should be taken to be potentially contagious till the time the symptoms are fully resolved. Younger children may be potentially contagious for somewhat longer periods. The total duration of infection might range by the swine virus strain. The non hospitalized people with confirmed and suspected swine flu case infection are actually recommended to be at home for the first 7 days to have medical care.
The confirmed swine influenza virus case is defined as the person with acute respiratory disease with laboratory attested swine influenza infection at the CDC by more than one of the tests including viral culture, four fold increases in swine flu neutralizing antibodies and RT-PCR.
The suspected swine influenza case can be defined as the people with acute febrile illness with the onset within a week of contact with the person with confirmed swine influenza A infection case. This acute respiratory disease can be the recent onset of conditions like nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, cough, sore throat and fever. Close contact with the confirmed or suspected swine flu case can be described as the contact within 6 feet of the diseased person who is a suspected or confirmed case of swine flu infection.
As the cases of swine flu are on a rising speed, it is better to take proper precautions to keep the infection at bay. These Recommendations are provided & Supported by World Health Organization ( WHO ) and followed worldwide.