Swine flu outbreak was a false alarm

Fear broke out in Gauteng on the weekend when a Krugersdorp boy passed away and rumours spread that the cause was swine flu.

The boys mother has confirmed than an autopsy revealed that he did not have the N1H1 virus and in fact died from pneumonia.

Reports of a Swine Flu outbreak in the pork industry led China to cull around a million pigs, however in South Africa there has only been reports of a severe flu strain currently doing the rounds.

Swine flu does present itself in the same way as regular flu with a cough, fever, body aches, sore throat, chills and fatigue.

If you are usually healthy and start with the winter flu symptoms there is no need to panic.

If however you are pregnant or have a chronic disease like asthma or the flu symptoms escalate to severe vomiting, breathing problems, dizziness or diarrhoea then it is a good idea to consult a doctor.