What is H1N1 virus?
H1N1 flu is an influenza A virus normally found in pigs. There are many such viruses and they rarely infect humans. The virus currently causing human illness is a new type of swine flu that has developed the ability to infect people and be transmitted from person to person (Source: http://www.flu.oregon.gov/).
How does one get the virus?
Although this new virus is called "swine flu," it is not transmitted from pigs to humans, or from eating pork products. Like other respiratory diseases, it is spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes. When people cough or sneeze, they spread germs through the air or on to surfaces that other people may touch (Source: http://www.flu.oregon.gov/).
What are some simple things I can do to prevent contracting the virus?
Practice other good health habits such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting sufficient rest and not smoking.
Consult a health care provider if:
Please note a person cannot contract the swine flu virus from eating pork or pork related products. Undercooked or improperly cooked pork can, however, lead to other potential infectious diseases. Be sure to always cook your pork to an internal temperature of 145F and wash your hands thoroughly anytime after coming into contact with raw meat products.
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