LAHORE-Doctors said that symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human flu including high-grade fever, coughing and headache. They said that some people with swine flu also have reported running nose, sore throat, nausea, vomitting and diarrhoea. Talking to this scribe Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS) Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr Masood Sheikh said that traditional medicine available in the market is not much effective in case a person fell victim to the swine flu. If a person did not recover despite taking medicine for five to seven days regularly due to suspicion of swine flu, he should immediately contact doctors for PCR test, which is a most important investigation to diagnose swine flu virus in this regard. He said that the medics should also review the history of the patient, his living conditions, his contacts with a person belonging to swine flu hit areas and symptoms. He said that the flu may include these symptoms: -High-grade Temperature - Headache - Extreme tiredness - Dry cough - Sore throat - Runny or stuffy nose - Muscle aches - Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomitting, and diarrhoea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults He said that swine flu transmits through the aerosol and droplet infection from pig to human and from human to human as it is a communicable virus. He suggested the people to immediately take medicine (Tamiflu) available in the market as a preventive measure if they are suspected as patient of swine flu virus and keep in contact with family doctor till the complete recovery from the disease. To a question, he said that the medicine Tamiflu available in the form of tablets is usually used for bird flu virus. The same can be used for swine flu virus too. DMS Emergency Department Mayo Hospital Dr Aleem said that swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of illness and low death rates in pigs. He said that swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans. To a question, he said that swine flu viruses are not transmitted by food, ,adding, that said viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human infection with flu viruses from pigs are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in pig barns and livestock exhibits housing pigs at fairs. Human-to-human transmission of swine flu can also occur, he said. Meanwhile, Director General Health Punjab, Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch has said that World Health Organization (WHO) has issued grade IV alertness in all countries regarding swine flu and accordingly Federal Health Department has established screening centres for the passengers coming from the swine flu affected countries. He said if any suspected case was detected it would be isolated for further investigation and treatment to save the other people. He was talking to mediamen at his office, here on Wednesday. Dr Aslam Ch said that so far no such case has been detected in Pakistan, however, Punjab Health Department is constantly in contact with WHO and Federal Health Ministry and according to the guideline of the WHO and advice of the Federal govt, all precautionary measures would be adopted. He further said that there is no cause of concern for the public. He said that Health Department would keep the people apprised of the latest situation through media. All necessary steps have been taken in this regard, he added.