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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu

With all the scare about the Swine Flu, I just thought I would share this map with you. Google has been tracking all of the Swine Flu activity.

The purple marker indicates a confirmed or probable case.
The pink marker indicates suspected cases.
The yellow marker indicates that what were once thought to be Swine Flu cases are now negative.
And any marker without a black dot in the middle indicates a death.

Swine Flu Map

Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to protect yourself.

  • Stay informed.
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
And here are the common symptoms (provided by of Swine Flu in humans:

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.


Nicole said...

illinois is not on there but it here 9 cases!! one in dupage!! grrr

Jasmine said...

Really? Where did you here that??

Jasmine said...

Well, it's not on the government website either. Are you sure you got it from a reliable source?