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Information About the 2009 H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)


What are the symptoms of swine flu (also known as 2009 H1N1 Virus)?
The symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

How is swine flu spread?
In humans, swine flu is thought to spread the same way as seasonal flu—primarily through person-to-person transmission when an individual infected with the virus coughs or sneezes.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Practice good health habits.

Where can I find more information?

  • PandemicFlu.gov
    U.S. Government resources and information regarding swine, avian, and pandemic influenza.

UMUC will continue to monitor this situation carefully. Any updates or developments will be added to this page, so check back to stay informed.