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A/H1N1 flu spreads in severe trend

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The A/H1N1 flu is in an active spreading mode as temperatures cool. 36 deaths from the new strain have been confirmed in China as of Wednesday. As Yuan Xiaoyuan finds out, experts warn of more dangerous developments from the virus, and are urging for early vaccinations against the flu.

As temperatures drop to new lows, the battle against A/H1N1 influenza faces mounting challenge. The new virus is spreading at high speeds across the world's most populous nation. With fresh pig infection cases appearing in Hong Kong and Taiwan, experts say the possibility that A/H1N1 will mutate is growing.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, head of Chinese Medical Association, said, "If infections occur between human and other animals, it will become more dangerous."

So far, no signs of flu mutation have emerged, according the Ministry of Heath's spokesman. But experts say that A/H1N1 has emerged one of the most common flu viruses in China. Many regions have entered into a highly-infectious portion of the flu season, with reports mounting day by day. Severe cases have expanded, particularly in a most implausible group teenagers.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan said, "It's still unknown why many teenagers who are young and healthy show severe symptoms after being infected. The virus harms their lungs, and causes severe breathing difficulty, which is different from common pneumonia. It's very difficult to cure such cases."

Measures against the aggressive flu include vaccinations and a healthy lifestyle.

Experts urge people to get inoculated early and see a doctor immediately upon being infected. Plentiful sleep, a clean indoor environment, and healthy eating will also help improve one's immunity from the disease.

Meanwhile, the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine is being encouraged as a treatment. An ongoing annual TCM meeting in Guangzhou released a report showing Traditional Chinese Medicine's curative effect on A/H1N1, based on hundreds of clinical and experimental test results. It says that combining Chinese and Western medicine will achieve a better effect.

The Ministry of Health also denies the claims of a self-styled "anti-microbe" mask, produced by a Tianjin factory, saying the facial covering is no different than other masks. Experts from the Center for Disease Control say a qualified medical mask is sufficient to prevent infection, as the virus is transmitted mainly through respiratory spray.

A/H1N1 flu spreads in severe trend
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