The Bureau of Health and the City's Pandemic Influenza Planning Committee are monitoring the situation and communicating regularly with local health care providers to assess local activity and response. Residents are encouraged to get the facts about the flu, how to prevent it, and what to do if they develop flu-like symptoms.
Swine Flu is continuing to spread in the United States and around the globe. Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza viruses that cause regular outbreaks in pigs and do not normally infect humans. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this was limited and not sustained between people.
CDC has determined that swine influenza A (H1N1) is contagious and is spreading from human to human. Swine flu appears to be spreading the same way that seasonal influenza spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing, sneezing, and touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their nose or mouth.
People who become infected may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. You may be able to spread the flu before you know you are sick.
Symptoms of Swine flu are similar to seasonal flu:
- Sore Throat
- Body Aches
- Head Aches
How to prevent from getting or spreading flu:
- WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY with soap and water (Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective [allow to air dry])
- Get plenty of sleep
- By physically active
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Clean contaminated surfaces
- Use tissues to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and discard them properly in a trash container
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Don't go to work or school if you are sick
If you get sick:
- Contact your health care provider for instructions to determine if testing or treatment is needed
- Stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading disease to others
For up-to-date news on Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreak or additional information on Swine Flu, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm. You can also visit a new H1N1 website through the PA Department of Health at http://www.h1n1inpa.com.
If you would like to learn about how to protect yourseld against influenza A H3N2 Variant/Swine Flu/Pig Flu, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "Influenza A H3N2 Variant / Swine Flu / Pig Flu."
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