|Infection : +16 hours
||[Jul. 19th, 2009|02:49 pm]
So far, Jodi and I are asymptomatic.|
What a rubbish pandemic virus.
Jodi's original infector's not feeling too good though - though they've not had an official diagnosis (for what that's worth. What's that consist of? A phone call to a physician who asks : "Fever? Aches? Sniffles?" - if yes to all three, that's bacon fever - officially, if you live in the UK. Forget the tests - no one's doing them anymore!
The number one symptom is a fever - without it many consider the bug you have not to be the flu. Weirdly I've never had a fever for as long as I can remember...
Here's a blog post about the symptoms:
"There is no reason why a flu blogger-epidemiologist-physician's family should be immune to flu in the community. And it appears my family is not. My daughter has had a cough for the last few days and Friday night was suddenly seized by nausea, vomiting and fever. Her HMO's urgent care directed her to the Emergency Room of the local hospital where a rapid flu test was positive. While waiting to be seen at the ER, her 10 month old, who had a croupy cough, also started vomiting and was warm to the touch. His (slightly) older brother (2 years) was also coughing. Her husband has a cough, too, and is overwhelmed by being the healthiest one in the family. Daughter says she feels awful with headache and muscle aches and pains the usual analgesics (including some opiates) don't seem to touch. She told me she was talking to a co-worker recently who asked her if she ever had the flu and she said she didn't know. Her friend then said, "If you had it, you'd know." She now says she understands what that means. So much for the "mild illness."
Meanwhile, for the last 3 days Mrs. R. and I have felt like we were rolled over by a truck, and Mrs. R. had a sore throat. Maybe our age is keeping us from worse effects from this one, or maybe we don't have flu. We'll probably never know.
So am I justified in thinking my daughter and family have swine flu? I think the answer is "yes." She had sudden onset of symptoms -- she had a cough but I'd seen her just hours before she got acutely ill with fever and vomiting and she had seemed fine -- all symptoms typically described with this virus. She had a positive test for flu antigen with a rapid test. And virologic surveillance is showing virtually all of laboratory confirmed influenza A in the CDC NREVSS surveillance system is swine flu.