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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 40 cases: 28 in New York, seven in California, two in Texas, two in Kansas and one in Ohio. Richard Besser, the CDC’s acting director, said only one person has been hospitalized and all have recovered. Questions and Answers about the virus
What is swine flu? Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. Swine flu viruses can spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people. What are the signs and symptoms? The symptoms are similar to regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions. How does swine flu spread? Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Are there medicines to treat swine flu? Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. Antiviral drugs work best if started within two days of symptoms. When should I seek emergency medical care? In children, warning signs include trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, not waking up or not interacting.