Information received from the Center for Disease Control states that Swine Flu symptoms are similar in nature to regular human influenza that happens each year. The virus is transmitted through coughing, sneezing, and on contact surfaces. Residents are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash hands with soap and water frequently, particularly after coughing or sneezing, and avoid contact with sick people. In addition if you are sick, see your health care provider, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. For those exposed to swine flu illness may develop anytime during the following seven days, infectiousness precedes symptoms by about one day.
The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department has placed a fact sheet for local residents on the county website at http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/. Updated information will be placed on the website as the situation develops. Information may also be obtained through the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.