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 Baltimore County Guidance on Swine FLU

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

So far there are 91 laboratory confirmed cases of swine  flu in humans in the United States, and 1 death. There are currently no confirmed cases in Maryland.

Below are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

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Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way

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Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

 

If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.  You should also contact your health care provider.