LinkUp Western Cape

From the Editor: July/August 2011

Hello Fellow LinkUp friends and Capetonians,

Gone in 60 seconds was the reply from our winner Michelle Ronne who won our first gift pack of Stellar organic wines!! Thanks Michelle, now we know you and your hubby enjoyed it.  We would also like to thank Stellar Wines for our gorgeous gift packs of organic and no sulphur added wine and Shelagh, of course! Our 2nd winner, Coralie was the very first email received with the correct answer.  Congratulations!  Thank you, to all who entered, keep on trying, you never know when it’s your turn.

 

We have some excellent articles in our LinkUp this issue.  Fiona Almeleh, a long standing Cape Town resident who does incredible work.  A superb article on Journey Work (Part 1), which will appeal to all, I am sure.  Delicious honey for our next competition; Propolis is excellent for the immune system. Herbs for the ladies to increase pleasure from our resident Herbal doctor, Dr Carla Boswell, as well as an enlightening article from our resident Naturopath, Dr Melissa Brown – on whether you have a cold or flu – How to tell the difference.

 

Jasmine Grindley – Our NLP & Demartini expert shares how our expectation of others affects our relationship with ourselves. Makes you think doesn’t it?

Stay warm and dry and try to help those less fortunate than ourselves, including the four-legged and feathered kind.   See you in Spring, in Sept/Oct issue.

 

WINTER ALERT – H1N1: Severe flu strain for South African Winter Season

What is influenza?

Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses. There are three types of seasonal influenza viruses – A, B and C. The 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus (hereafter referred to as A(H1N1)2009) which appeared for the first time in 2009 causing a global influenza pandemic, is now a seasonal influenza virus that co-circulates with other seasonal viruses (namely influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B viruses).

Influenza viruses can cause disease in persons of any age, but overall rates of illness are highest in children. Usually, rates of severe illness and death are highest in persons aged ≥ 65 years; children aged ≤ 2 years, women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery) and persons of any age with underlying medical conditions (risk factors) which increase the risk for influenza-related complications. However, about one third of patients with severe A (H1N1)2009 illness requiring admission to ICU worldwide in 2009 were previously healthy persons with no identified risk factors.

Transmission

The virus is spread from person-to-person. It can be passed to other people by exposure to infected droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing that can be inhaled, or that can contaminate hands or surfaces. To prevent spread, people who are ill should:

Practice cough etiquette by covering their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing, then discarding the tissue in a receptacle and performing hand hygiene (washing hands with soap and water or the use of an alcohol-based hand rub)

Stay home when they are unwell and keep some distance from healthy people, as much as possible.

The incubation period for influenza is 1-4 days (average 2 days). Most person’s ill with influenza shed virus from a few days before symptoms begin through 5 – 10 days after illness onset. However, young children can be infectious for > 10 days after illness onset; adults with severe disease may also shed virus for > 10 days, and severely immunocompromised persons can shed virus for weeks or months.

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