Swine Influenza

CDC is currently investigating cases of respiratory illnesses in the states of California and Texas.  The individuals who have become ill are between the ages of 7 and 55.  63% of the cases are male.  Treatment for anyone suspected of having this illness (swine influenza) are oseltamivir and zanamivr.  Symptoms of the illness include cold symptoms, fatigue, loss of appetite and fever.  Individuals should see their physician to have a nasal culture tested for influenza and stay at home until symptoms have passed, usually 5-7 days.  Travel to the affected areas in Mexico is being discouraged.

16oo cases of swine flu reported in Mexico with 103 deaths.  Cases reported in the US include 7 in California, 2 in Kansas, 1 in Ohio, 8 in NYC (among a group of students who recently returned from Mexico), 2 in Texas.  Cases have also been reported in Canada, British Columbia, Nov Scotia, France, Spain, Scotland, and Israel.

Protecting yourself and your family:  Stay away from large groups of people.  Stay at least 6 feet away from individuals who have a respiratory tract infection.  Wear a mask if you have to be close to someone with a respiratory tract infection including someone who is living in your house.  If you are experiencing a fever greater than 100 try to get an influenza culture done and take antiviral medication within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.  Antivirals may not help if not started within 48 hour of onset of illness.

Person infected with the swine flu should be considered infectious up to 7 days after onset of symptoms.  People who are continue to be sick after 7 days should be considered infectious.  Especially children.