April 28, 2009
Swine Flu Update
To members of the
The information below is provided by the Buncombe County Health Department.
It describes the symptoms of swine flu, as well as, what you can do to stay
healthy. If you have any questions about this information, please feel free
to call the Health and Counseling Center at 828/251-6520.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that this swine
influenza virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However,
at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.
Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and
whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular
human flu and include:
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. At this point there have been
no deaths in the United States from this swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine
flu may cause chronic medical conditions to become worse.
If you have any of these symptoms, stay home and contact your health care
provider. If you are sick stay home from work or school to avoid infecting
Most people who have been ill with this swine flu have become ill 1 – 3 days
after exposure to someone who is sick. Those with swine flu may be
contagious 7 – 10 days after becoming ill.
CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of
swine influenza have been identified, as well as with health officials in
Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization.
Buncombe County Health officials are following the cases closely as well and
will share information with the public as it becomes available.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
Cover your nose
and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands
often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid
close contact with sick people.
thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing
of infected people.
If you get sick,
the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact
with others to keep from infecting them.
For more information, visit:
Director Student Health and Counseling