POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 9:16am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
Most of us had not heard of Swine Flu before last week, but now the virus has gained worldwide attention. So just what is Swine Flu?
Like the name describes, it's most often found in pigs and outbreaks among the animals aren't uncommon. The difference about the current human cases of swine influenza is that it appears people aren't getting the virus from contact with pigs. Health officials say it's spreading by human to human contact and the new strain of flu consists of a mixture of swine, bird and human viruses.
It's highly contagious and is spread by either direct contact or by inhaling tiny particles in the air when someone sneezes. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Experts also recommend using hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol.
If you do experience the typical symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, aches and chills contact your doctor immediately. For more information call the State Health Department at 1.888.777.5320.