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A never-before-seen strain of swine flu has turned killer in Mexico and is causing milder illness in the United States and elsewhere.

As part of the safety precautions, here’s what you need to know about this: 

  • Swine Flu comes from pigs that spread their own strains of influenza and every so often people catch one, usually after contact with the animals. This new strain is a mix of pig viruses with some human and bird viruses. Unlike more typical swine flu, it is spreading person-to-person. A 1976 outbreak of another unusual swine flu at Fort Dix, N.J., prompted a problematic mass vaccination campaign, but that time the flu fizzled out.
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  • Scientists don’t yet know if it takes fairly close or prolonged contact with someone who’s sick, or if it’s more easily spread. But in general, flu viruses spread through uncovered coughs and sneezes or – and this is important – by touching your mouth or nose with unwashed hands. Flu viruses can live on surfaces for several hours, like a doorknob just touched by someone who sneezed into his hand.
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  • The symptoms are similar to regular human flu – a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.

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  • Swine flu is treatable.

Knowing these simple facts will be a big help for you. It’s time to take your own precautions and pay close attention to the latest health warnings for your own protection.

Be familiar with the facts.

Do your part.

Be responsible.

 

 

Safety precautions courtesy of Yahoo News

Photos courtesy of www.cba.com

 

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