Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oregon National Guard distributes state website to help combat H1N1 virus

Cases of a new strain of influenza known as H1N1, which many are referring to as the "Swine Flu", are now being reported in several states and countries. This announcement is to assist you in identifying the virus, and important steps you and your family can take to avoid getting sick.


What is H1N1?

H1N1 is a respiratory illness related to seasonal influenza, but not usually seen in people. None of the ill people are known to have been in contact with pigs, which is the most common route of exposure for humans. This suggests that transmission may have been from person to person. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health departments are working together to learn more about the infection.


What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1?

The symptoms of H1N1 are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with the virus.


What can I do 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 sneeze or touch common items like doorknobs and stairway railings.
· Alcohol-based hands cleaners are effective in helping to fight the virus.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
· Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

If you get sick, it’s recommended that you stay at home, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. In addition to preventative measures, try to stay in good general health, get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus.

If you have any questions regarding prevention or identification of the virus, contact:
Capt. Randy Lynch, 503-584-2285.

For more information, visit the Oregon State Flu website at: http://www.flu.oregon.gov/

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