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swine flu precautions
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:48:04 PM »
this was sent out to our company today

Swine Influenza and You
Questions & Answers

What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular
outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have
been reported to spread from person‐to‐person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond
three people.

Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in
Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans
and cases have been reported internationally as well. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the
United States is kept at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm CDC and local and state health agencies are
working together to investigate this situation.
Is this swine flu virus contagious?

CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.
However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore
throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with
swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu
infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu
viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes
people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after
becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as
well as while you are sick.

What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. 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 touch surfaces that may be contaminated
with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
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Re: swine flu precautions
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 04:45:34 PM »
  ;D   Oink Oink....Thanks for the information Knabe, very informative!!

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Re: swine flu precautions
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 06:11:47 PM »
Two other important points:

1.  The recent flu immunizations will offer NO protection for this new flu.  It is a wild variant and does not come directly from swine.   There is absolutely no risk from eating pork products.

2.  Masks do not offer much protection.  It is much much better to wash your hands often and do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes when out in public.

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