Practice Good Health Habits To Avoid Swine Flu

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Lane County Public Health officials are reminding the community to practice good health habits, following state and national reports of a new strain of influenza known as the swine flu.

No cases have been reported in Oregon. However, local health officials are actively monitoring the risk and want to urge residents to take steps to make sure this flu – or any flu – doesn’t spread.

Steps each community member can make include:

*Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often

*Cover your mouth with something other than your hand when you cough

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*If you are sick, stay home and contact your health care provider

A Lane County Public Health hotline (682-4181) has been established and will be updated regularly.

Background

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this Swine Flu is a new influenza type A virus that has its origin in animals including pigs. Influenza is primarily a respiratory disease. Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus spreads from human to human and can cause illness. The outbreak is ongoing and additional cases are expected.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include: fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C), sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body aches, and fatigue.

Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with this swine flu. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with this infection in people in other countries. At present, confirmed cases in the United States have not been associated with complications or death. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

People entering the United States who are experiencing symptoms consistent with swine flu and have traveled to an affected area, or have been exposed to someone possibly infected with swine flu, during the last seven days should report their illnesses to their health care provider immediately and inform them of their recent travel. People traveling from the United States to affected areas should be aware of the risk of illness with swine flu and take precautions.

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