The spread of the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person when people with influenza cough or sneeze.  Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.  It is critical that people wash and sanitize their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub to help minimize the spread of germs.

What are the symptoms of this virus? 
Symptoms include fever, cough and runny nose, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

What are the warning signs for ADULTS?
Emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

What are the warning signs for CHILDREN?
Emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

What should I do if I get sick? 
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and you become ill with influenza-like symptoms, contact your primary health care physician.  Try to avoid going to the Emergency Room unless you are critically ill. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed. 

How can you minimize the spread of germs?
If you are sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that you limit your contact with other people as much as possible.  Do not go to work, school or other public places. 

In addition the CDC recommends:

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No, swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

How can I find out more information about the Swine Influenza?