Swine Flu 101

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

Swine Flu is a combination of human, bird and pig influenzas.

It is passed person-to-person by direct contact or by inhaling tiny particles when an infected person sneezes.

Exposure to pigs makes no difference, and you can still eat pork products.

Wash your hands often and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

If you think you’re coming down with the flu, STAY HOME!!!, treat it as you would the seasonal flu, do not come in contact with others, and only visit your health care provider if your symptoms become severe.

The Swine Flu has the same symptoms of seasonal flu, fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue; the only difference so far is the possibility for severe vomiting and diarrhea in adults.

State Health officials expect it will get worse before it gets better, and do expect to see cases in Colorado, but caution you not to panic.

If you still have concerns, you can call the Mesa County Health Department at #(970) 248-6989, or you can call a statewide help number #(877) 462-2911.

You can track the Swine Flu by visiting the Centers for Disease Control’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ .

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