When people catch swine flu they may have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue just like the regular flu. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Previously, swine flus have also caused severe illness and death. As with the regular flu, people with chronic medical conditions are at risk for more severe illness.
Most people catch swine flu the same way they catch the regular flu. You can catch swine flu by coming in contact with droplets from infected people after they sneeze or cough. This can occur by being in the path of a sneeze or cough or touching something that has those droplets on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
There is a medicine to treat swine flu. Both Tamiflu® and Relenza® are effective against swine flu. You can get these medicines from your doctor. If you have swine flu and need treatment, treatment should start within two days after you begin to feel sick. However, the best treatment is prevention.
There are a number of ways you and your family can reduce the risk of catching swine flu:
Avoid people with the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Wash your hands before eating or touching your face, after touching surfaces that someone might have coughed or sneezed on, after going out into the community, and after caring for someone who has the flu or touching something that someone who is sick may have touched.
- If someone in your household is sick stay home until that person no longer feels ill.
If you are sick there a number of things you can do to reduce the chances of passing swine flu to others:
- If you are sick stay home from work or school.
- Limit your contact with others.
- Cough and sneeze into disposable tissues. Throw these tissues away into a plastic bag. Limit your exposure to the dirty tissues.
- Those with flu should use separate eating utensils that are washed in hot soapy water after each meal.
- Don’t share objects like remote controls or pens.
- Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched like door knobs, remote controls, light switches and toilet handles.
If someone in your house is sick you should also stay at home. Don’t go to work or school until they no longer feel sick.
If you think you have swine flu contact your health care provider. He or she will be able to determine if you need testing or treatment.
For more information go to the U.S. Government Center for Disease Control (CDC)
And, this is a link to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 20, 2009): 5710 cases (with 8 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 15, 2009): 4714 cases (with 4 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 14, 2009): 4298 cases (with 3 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 12, 2009): 3009 cases (with 3 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 10, 2009): 2532 cases (with 3 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 8, 2009): 2254 cases (with 2 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 7, 2009): 896 cases (with 2 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 6, 2009): 642 cases (with 2 deaths)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 5, 2009): 403 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 4, 2009): 279 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 3, 2009): 226 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 2, 2009): 160 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (May 1, 2009): 141 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (April 30, 2009): 109 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (April 29, 2009): 91 cases (with 1 death)
U.S. CASES UPDATE from CDC (April 28, 2009): 64 cases
U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State (in USA) Number of laboratory-confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York (City) 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT (April 27, 2009): 40 cases