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County Health Department Monitoring Swine Flu

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People infected with this new swine flu have looked very much like people who have other types of influenza A.  The illness is characterized by fever and sore throat or cough, and may also include body aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Health officials recommend that all people with influenza, regardless of the type, stay home from work or school to avoid infecting others.  Cover your nose and mouth when you need to cough or sneeze and throw tissues in the trash when you are done with them.  Wash your hands in warm water and soap often, especially after you cough or sneeze.

"We would like people with influenza symptoms who have recently been to Mexico or affected areas in the U.S. to contact their health care provider and discuss their symptoms and travel history," says Bausher.  "Depending on the individual circumstances, some testing or treatment may be appropriate."

The same medications that help reduce the length and severity of typical influenza are effective against this new virus.  The medicine is typically used to prevent serious flu complications and is given in the first two days of the illness.

Public Health has posted information about the swine flu on their website at http://www.ghphss.org/ and will be soon post a way for people to ask questions via email.  Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

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