Tuesday Tip – When Pigs Flu!

pigHearing the news over the last few days, I find myself wondering whether this is really a pandemic or whether it’s all getting blown out of proportion. Regardless of which it is, it seems to make sense to take some common sense steps about the swine flu and to know a little bit more about it. So today’s Tuesday Tip is all about When Pigs Flu!

  • What is Swine Flu?
  • It’s any kind of influenza that’s common to the swine population.

  • Who can get it?
  • People who work with pigs, expecially in close contact, are at greater risk of infection, especially if they come into contact with a strain that has mutated into a form that can infect humans. The current outbreak is of a strain that mutated to allow for cross species transfer. Click here for more.

  • What are the symptoms?
  • According to the CDC, “(t)he symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.”

  • How does it spread?
  • Coughing, sneezing, touching objects which have been touched by someone who is contaminated with the flu.

  • How can you avoid becoming contaminated?
  • According to the CDC, you can avoid becoming infected by “wash(ing) your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.”

  • How do I know if I have swine flu?
  • Since swine flu has many of the symptoms of regular flu, you will require testing to confirm whether or not you have swine flu. According to the CDC, if you live in an area where there are cases, like in NYC, contact your health provider if you start exhibiting symptoms.

  • Can I catch swine flu from eating pork?
  • Nope! So, hello baby back ribs this summer.

    So, please stay safe, be cautious and if you start feeling under the weather, don’t delay. Go to see your doctor to make sure you are okay.

    0 thoughts on “Tuesday Tip – When Pigs Flu!”

    1. I agree with Catherine – but shouldn’t we be doing that all the time???
      Really happy to hear about the bbq ribs. There is a bbq at the daughter’s graduation next week!

    2. What kills me about this subject is how crazy people get and how the media does its best to blow things out of proportion. As an ER nurse I’ve seen things like this come and go… Not to say that one day we won’t have a real life Steven King type of illness that wipes out the world, but the reality of that happening is slim. Common sence and good old fashion manners need to make a come back. Cover your cough… Stay home when ill… Wash your hands… Eat right, stay healthy…
      This isn’t rocket science, folks.

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