Questions and answers on swine flu
What is swine flu?
It is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks happen regularly in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but it can happen.
Is it contagious?
Yes, and officials say it is spreading from human to human.
What are the symptoms in people?
They include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
How do you catch it?
It can occur through contact with infected pigs or with a person with swine flu.
Is there medication for it?
Yes. Antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).
What can I do to protect myself?
Take everyday steps, such as covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands often with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people, and staying home when you get sick.
Can I get it from eating or preparing pork?
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention)