Swine Flu Symptoms

By Vanessa Guzman
|  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009  |  Updated 4:12 PM PDT
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Swine Flu Symptoms

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The CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization.

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What are the symptoms of swine flu?

Cough
Fever/Chills
Sore throat
Fatigue/Body aches
Decreased appetite
Less commonly: runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Click here for key facts about the virus.
 
 
Is there treatment for swine flu?

YES, Tamiflu and Relenza (both prescription medications) work on this virus but it needs to be started in the first 48 hours of symptoms. If you have symptoms, contact your doctor.
 
What is swine flu?

It is a lot like our seasonal flu but it usually only affects pigs. This one, swine influenza A (H1N1), is affecting humans who have not been exposed to pigs. This suggests there might be human-to-human transmission. The mode of transmission is presumably respiratory droplets.
 
If I had the flu shot, am I protected?

No. The swine H1N1 is very different from the human H1N1 that is in the flu vaccine. Currently there is no human vaccine available for swine flu.
 
 
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
 
Hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (minimum concentration of 60% -95% ethanol or isopropanol).
Avoid contact with sick people.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as those are direct entry points for viruses.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  
  
Questions?
 
If you have any further questions, call your physician. You can also call the CDC directly at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
 
For an up-to-date information on the number of cases reported, check the CDC website.

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