No cases of swine flu have been reported in Georgia as of 4/27/09.
At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for monitoring our patients. You may see more patients and staff members wearing masks as an extra precaution during your visit.
Below are some frequently asked questions about swine flu. Please ask a Children’s clinician or visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu for more information.
What is swine flu?
Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type of flu virus. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can happen. The influenza is spread by coughing, sneezing and unclean hands.
What can you do to protect yourself?
Limit family members and friends joining you during your visit to the hospital or neighborhood location.
Tell a Children’s staff member if you have visited Mexico or have had contact with a Mexico traveler in the last seven days.
If you or your child has a fever and cough or sore throat, wear a mask-available at the desk or from your nurse.
If you are not in the hospital, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
What are the symptoms of swine flu in humans?The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Is the swine flu treatable?
There is no vaccine to protect humans against swine flu. There are two antiviral drugs that may be used for the treatment of swine flu: Oseltamivir and Zanamivir.
Is it safe to cook and eat pork and pork products?
Yes. It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked pork and pork products. Swine flu viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products.