President Obama’s administration released a statement about the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling there at this time. With 40 confirmed cases in the United States at this point, the Associated Press has released a “what you need to know” article about the swine flu:
According to the AP, symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills and in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting. The virus is treatable with flu medications -- specifically Tamiflu or Relenza.
Much like other viruses, doctors say the flu is likely spread through uncovered coughs, sneezes or by touching your mouth or nose with unwashed hands. Last season’s flu shot will not protect against the swine flu.
Seeking medical care is a good idea if you have recently traveled to Mexico, or are living in an area where cases have been reported.
In Mexico, the flu is linked to 149 deaths and app. 1,600 people have come down with the virus there. The strain reaching the U.S. has milder symptoms.