15 May 2009

Swine Flu and You

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that cause regular outbreaks in pigs. In early 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza were reported. Due to the outbreak, people have many questions about dealing with this disease.
  • How does swine flu spread?
  • How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
  • Can I get swine flu from eating or preparing pork?
  • Is swine flu contagious?
  • Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
  • What surfaces are the most likely to be sources of contamination?
  • How long can viruses live outside the body?
  • How serious is swine flu infection?
  • What is CDC doing in response to the outbreak?

For answers to these questions and many more, contact CDC at the above links.