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Chatham County School officials monitor swine flu information

Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Officials in Chatham County Schools are monitoring the recent swine influenza infection cases affecting parts of Mexico and the United States. Even though staff is not aware of any reported cases in the area, they recognize it is important to be alert to this situation. School administrators have been advised to consult with their school nurse if any suspected cases arise on their campuses. Anyone with swine flu symptoms should be referred to their physician for evaluation.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza. Normally, people do not get swine flu; however, humans can contract swine flu as has been seen in the recent reported cases. The symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular flu symptoms. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and possible diarrhea and vomiting. Swine flu is thought to be spread like seasonal flu. Flu viruses are most likely spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

Prevention includes hand washing, getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of fluids, eating nutritious foods, managing stress and avoiding people who are sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of antiviral medications to treat or prevent infection. These drugs, such as Tamiflu, work by interfering with the reproduction of the flu virus in the body. It is important to know that antiviral drugs are most effective if given within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

Online resource for additional information: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

 
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