You may already be aware of the recent news regarding a number of cases of swine flu being reported in the United States after an outbreak of cases in Mexico. This is an unusual strain of swine flu and can possibly be transmitted from person-to-person. Therefore, anyone who has recently traveled to Southern California or Mexico and subsequently becomes ill with a fever and respiratory illness should be tested for this virus. Anyone with a fever over 100°F, accompanied by a cough or sore throat, should be tested for swine flu. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in San Mateo County; however there are some ways of protecting yourself and others:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers such as Purell are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
The CSM Health Center is working with the San Mateo County Health Department to identify additional cases that might otherwise remain undetected. If you have any questions, please call the CSM Health Center at 574-6396 or San Mateo County Health Emergency Line (650) 372-8572.
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