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Learn more about this influenza virus and how you can stay healthy.

Learn more about this influenza virus and how you can stay healthy.

Updated April 28th, 2009

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    • Swine Flu What is it and how to stay healthy
      • The World Health Organization confirmed 82 cases of swine flu yesterday
      • Swine flu originated from Mexico
      • The number of probable deaths from the virus in Mexico has officially risen to 152 though only 20 cases are confirmed.
      • The US, Canada, Spain and Britain have confirmed milder versions.
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    • What is Swine Flu?
      • A respiratory symptom found in pigs
      • Can be passed from pigs to pigs during the cold winters (Similar to human flu)
    • NEWS TODAY
      • “ The move from level three to level four on the WHO's six-level threat scale means the world body has determined the virus is capable of significant human-to-human transmission -- a major step toward a flu pandemic” said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organization
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    • 1919 Spanish flu pandemic
    • Human Symptoms
      • The symptoms are similar to the common flu. They include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
      • Can be spread through coughing/sneezing
      • People can become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
    • There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
      • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
      • Swine Flu is not fatal and can be treated with 2 types of antiviral drugs.
      • However, the virus IS resistant to 2 types of antiviral drugs already. If the virus continues to evolve and infect humans, it could become drug resistant.