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.
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/.