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H1N1 Influenza (aka Swine Flu)Human cases of the H1N1 influenza virus (aka Swine Flu) have been identified in the US and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating the source of the infection and how many people have been affected.
Both the seasonal and H1N1 influenza are highly contagious respiratory illness with simular symptoms. They include: fever, sore throat, chills, body aches, cough, runny or stuffy nose, diarrhea, vomiting and headache. Most people recover from the flu within a few days but if symptoms persist beyond 5 days, contact your primary care doctor.
If you experince any of these symptoms you are advised to stay home as the flu is primarily spread from person to person via coughing or sneezing, although it can be transmitted by touching a contaminated surface. When out and about, wash your hands frquently and avoid touching your eys, nose or mouth as these are routes for viruses to quickly enter the body.
More information can be found on the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov/swineflu