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Novel H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu)

General Information:

This information is regarding the current Influenza A-H1N1 outbreak in California. Masks are not recommended for the general public at this time.

Swine influenza is caused by a virus that normally affects pigs. In some cases, the virus mutates or changes and infects humans as well. The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal influenza, such as fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. Influenza viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with influenza viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

If you have traveled to Mexico during the past seven days, or you have had contact with someone who has traveled to or from Mexico, and have had a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Centigrade) and either a cough or sore throat, please contact your healthcare provider for instructions.

There are common-sense steps everyone can take right now, including:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • 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, it is recommended 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. Germs spread this way.

Información General:

Esta información es sobre el brote de la gripe H1N1 (Influenza porcina) en California. No se recomienda usar mascaras de protecion entre el publico por ahora.

La gripe porcina es causada por un virus que afecta por lo general a los cerdos (puercos). En algunos casos el virus se transforma o cambia y infecta a los seres humanos tambien. Los sintomas de la gripe porcina en los seres humanos son parecidos a los sintomas de la gripe estacional, tales como fiebre, tos, dolor de garganta y dolor de cuerpo. El virus de la gripe se transmite de persona a persona atravez del tozer o estornudar por una persona infectada con la gripe. A veces las personas se pueden infectar al tocar algo que tiene el virus de la gripe y luego se tocan la boca o la nariz.

Si ha viajado a Mexico en los ultimos 7 dias, o tuvo contacto con alguien que ha viajado o acaba de llegar de Mexico, y ha tenido fiebre mas de 100 grados Fahrenheit (37.8 grados Centrigados) con tos o dolor de garganta, porfavor llame a su proveedor medico para obtener instruciones.

Hay pasos de sentido comun que todos podemos tomar, incluyendo:

  • Cubrirse la nariz y boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar. Tire el pañuelo desechable en la basura despues de usarlo. Si no tiene un pañuelo, toza o estornude en su manga.
  • Lavese las manos con jabon y agua mas seguido, especialmente despues de toser o estornudar. Los desinfectantes para las manos a base de alcohol tambien son eficaces.
  • Trate de evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.

Si usted se enferma con la gripe, es recomendado que se quede en casa, y que no vaya al trabajo o a la escuela y limite el contacto con otras personas para evitar contagiarlas. Trate de no tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca. Esta es la manera que se propagan los microbios.



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