Information for the Citizens of Corona: FACTS ABOUT SWINE FLU

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Information for the Citizens of Corona

Facts about Swine Influenza  

What is swine flu?

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by Type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of swine flu happen regularly in pigs.  People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen.  Most commonly, human cases of swine flu happen in people who are around pigs and it is possible for swine flu viruses to spread from person to person.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?

Center for Disease Control  (CDC) has determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.  However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of other types of flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported in association with swine flu infections in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

There are no vaccines available at this time for people, however, there are everyday actions that are very successful at preventing the spread of and infection of swine flu:

  •  Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to eliminate the spread of germs.

 What should I do if I get sick?

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact your healthcare provider, to determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

 

If you experience the following emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention, call 911:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

 

For further information about swine influenza, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/index.htm or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. 

 

For further information and updates for issues pertaining to the City of Corona, please visit www.discovercorona.com or call (951) 817-5800.

Provided by: Kym Talbert - Prudential California Realty - 951-316-1941 or KymTalbert@aol.com

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