Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Influenza A (H1N1) virus (aka "Swine Flu")

Tarleton is monitoring this virus - you can check for updates here. A press release from Tarleton's Media Relations office today noted that "swine flu" is a misnomer, particularly since you don't catch the virus from handling pigs or eating pork products.

With finals coming up and summer vacations/jobs approaching, you want to try to avoid getting sick with this or any other illness. The following will help:

- Wash your hands often with soap and (preferably warm) water for 15-20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel cleaners.
- Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Don't share drinks with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

More information:
Tarleton Health Services
Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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