SNHU Provides Swine Flu Update -- April 29

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

Public health officials around the world are investigating outbreaks of swine influenza.  It appears the flu started in Mexico but that has not been confirmed. No cases yet have been reported in New Hampshire.

Swine influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Here are some helpful facts:

1.   Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however

2.   Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus spreads from human to human and can cause illness;

3.   The illness cannot be spread by eating pork or pork products;

4.   The incubation period is from 1-4 days;

5.   There is no vaccine that can prevent swine flu.

Swine flu symptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms and may include:

·      Fever over 100

·      Sore throat   

·      Cough    

·      Stuffy nose    

·      Chills   

·      Headache and body aches 

·      Fatigue

If you experience these symptoms come to Health Services or see your physician.

Protecting yourself from swine flu is the same as protecting yourself from any illness.

1.   Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or waterless hand sanitizers;

2.   Avoid contact with ill persons;

3.   When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve.  Throw used tissues in a trash can;

4.   After you cough or sneeze wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand gel;

5.   Clean shared phone receivers, keyboards, door knobs, remotes, etc;

6.   Refrain from sharing personal items such as eating utensils, toothbrushes and towels;

7.   If you think you are ill with the flu:

a.    Avoid close contact with others;

b.   Stay at home;

c.    Call your physician.

If you have traveled to Mexico within the last week or have had contact with anyone who has traveled to Mexico and are feeling ill please check in with the Wellness Center. For questions or more information call Health Services at 603.645.9679 or call your physician.

SNHU Wellness Center and Health Services


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