You cannot catch Swine Flu from pork. Swine Flu has an incubation period of 1 – 7 days.
* Runny nose
* Nasal congestion
* Sore throat
* Body aches
* Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu
Swine flu may be more severe in patients with chronic medical conditions such as:
* Age less than 12 years old or 65 years or older
* Chronic respiratory disease that requires regular medication
* Significant cardiovascular disease (not just hypertension)
* Immuno-compromised due to treatment or disease
* Diabetes mellitus
You may be at risk if, in addition to having these symptoms, your symptoms began within seven days upon traveling to the affected areas or coming in close contact with someone who was infected.
Hand Washing and Cough Etiquette
Swine Flu and Seasonal Influenza are spread by:
* Unclean hands
* Coughing or sneezing
To help stop the spread of germs, clean your hands frequently and after coughing or sneezing
* Wash with soap and water OR clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner (>60%) such as Purell
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
* If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
* Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
* Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
Medical Care and Self Care
If you are ill with a cough and fever:
* Stay at home
* Do not go to school or work
Patients who have any of the following should contact hospital authorities
* Travel from an infected area 7 days before onset of symptoms
* Been in contact with a case of Swine Flu 7 days before onset of symptoms
* A serious underlying illness (e.g. Asthma, Diabetes Mellitus, or HIV/AIDS)
* Difficulty breathing