Health & Beauty | April 2009
|Dr. Alejandro Rios Talks About the Swine Flu - Part 2|
Part 1: Swine Flu Overview | Part 2: How it is Transmitted | Part 3: Tamiflu and Relenza | Part 4: Do I Need a Face Mask? | Part 5: Should I See a Doctor? | Part 6: Influenza Vaccinations
On April 29, 2009, BanderasNews video journalist Laura Gelezunas sat down with Dr. Alejandro Rios, a local Internal Medicine Doctor and member of the Puerto Vallarta Epidemiology Committee, to talk about the Swine Flu, and how it is transmitted. Here's what he had to say:
"The virus is transmitted like any other influenza virus. Its an air born virus, so when you talk, sneeze or cough, you have about a six foot radius where you can actually transmit it. But it can also be transmitted through contact, which means that the virus can live on the things that you touch, like door knobs, keyboards, anything you touch...
Some places like the CDC say that the virus can live on these objects for two hours or more, others say about 24 hours, so you have to be extremely careful when you go to places that other people have access to."
Should you be afraid to travel to Puerto Vallarta? Health Care Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson has the latest news and health reports from around Banderas Bay. (Click HERE for local swine flu updates)