Keeping yourself safe from Swine Flu

April 26, 2009 7:32:45 PM PDT
Public health officials within the United States and throughout the world are investigating outbreaks of swine influenza.

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There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy and avoid swine flu.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs. The flu viruses do not normally infect humans, but human infections with swine flu do occur. Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus spreads from human to human and can cause illness.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:

  • Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache and body aches
  • Fatigue

    There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy and avoid swine flu:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

    If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

    For more information contact your local or state health department: Center for Disease Control
    California Department of Public Health
    World Health Organization

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