H1N1 Flu (swine flu)
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Possible diarrhea and vomiting
On April 29th, 2009, the World Health Organization announced that it would no longer
refer to the H1N1 Influenza A virus as 'swine flu' to avoid giving a false understanding
of the danger posed by pigs.
Viruses regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. These viruses do not normally
infect humans; however, since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of a new
strain of swine-origin H1N1 Influenza A virus infection in the U.S. and internationally
have been identified. Although to date the infection appears to be similar to seasonal
flu in severity, the rapid global spread of the virus prompted the World Health Organization
to declare a pandemic in June.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissues
in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based
hand cleansers also are effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Influenza is thought to be spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing
of infected people.
- If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep
from infecting them.
- Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage
your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus.
On April 27, 2009, the CDC recommended that all non-essential travel to Mexico be
avoided. In addition, those who must travel to Mexico are advised to follow certain
precautions, which are detailed at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluMexico.aspx.
Travelers are advised to monitor the situation and consult the latest recommendations
at the above website.