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Swine Flu Update
April 28, 2009

In response to the swine flu outbreak, the following information was compiled from the CDC website:http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm to help answer some commonly asked questions.

Q: What is swine flu?
A: Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen.

Q: Is the swine flu virus contagious? 
A: The CDC has determined that swine flu IS CONTAGIOUS and is spreading from human to human. People with swine flu infection may be contagious for up to 7 days (or more) after becoming sick.

Q: How does swine flu spread? 
A: It is thought that the swine flu virus is spread from person to person through contact with the virus when someone coughs or sneezes—the same way seasonal flu is spread.

Q: What are the symptoms of swine flu?
A: Symptoms are general “flu-like” symptoms—fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Q: Can I get swine flu from eating pork? 
A: No. The virus is not spread by food.

Q: How can I prevent the spread of respiratory infections?
A: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough/sneeze. Clean your hands often with soap, water or hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

RESOURCES: 
For more information about swine influenza in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Health.

Updated swine influenza information and case counts can be found at:http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.

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