H1N1 virus

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H1N1 Influenza :

Novel H1N1 (referred to a swine flu early on) is a new influenza virus that is spreading from person-to-person. H1N1 Influenza

H1N1 Influenza:

The first cases of human infection with novel H1N1 influenza virus were detected in April 2009 in San Diego and Imperial County, California and in Guadalupe County, Texas. The virus has spread rapidly. The virus is widespread in the United States at this time and has been detected internationally as well. H1N1 Influenza

H1N1 Influenza:

Influenza is always serious – each year in the United States, seasonal influenza results, on average, in an estimated 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations from flu-related causes. This outbreak certainly poses the potential to be at least as serious as seasonal flu, if not more so, especially given the fact that there currently is no vaccine against this virus. Because this is a new virus, most people will not have immunity to it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. H1N1 Influenza

Signs and symptoms:

Signs and symptoms Symptoms of H1N1 flu in people are similar to those associated with seasonal flu. Fever Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Body aches Headache Chills Fatigue In addition, vomiting (25%) and diarrhea (25%) have been reported. (Higher rate than for seasonal flu.)

How does H1N1 Influenza spread?:

This virus is thought to spread the same way seasonal flu spreads Primarily through respiratory droplets Coughing Sneezing Touching respiratory droplets on yourself, another person, or an object, then touching mucus membranes (e.g., mouth, nose, eyes) without washing hands How does H1N1 Influenza spread?

Can you get H1N1 Influenza from eating pork?:

No. The novel H1N1 influenza virus (formerly referred to as swine flu) virus is not spread by food. You cannot get novel H1N1 flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe. Can you get H1N1 Influenza from eating pork?

What can you do to protect yourself from getting sick?:

There is no vaccine right now to protect against this new H1N1 virus. However, everyday actions can help prevent spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. What can you do to protect yourself from getting sick?

Take these everyday steps to protect your health :

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Wash for 15 – 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand wipes or gel sanitizers are also effective. Take these everyday steps to protect your health

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. Avoid contact with sick people. Take these everyday steps to protect your health

If you get sick…:

Stay home if you’re sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you’ve been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. If you get sick…

Watch for emergency warning signs:

Most people should be able to recover at home, but watch for emergency warning signs that mean you should seek immediate medical care. Watch for emergency warning signs In adults: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen Sudden dizziness Confusion Severe or persistent vomiting Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Emergency warning signs in children:

If a child gets sick and experiences any of these warning signs, seek emergency medical care. In children: Fast breathing or trouble breathing Bluish or gray skin color Not drinking enough fluids Severe or persistent vomiting Not waking up or not interacting Irritable, the child does not want to be held Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough Emergency warning signs in children

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