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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Recommendations regarding Swine Flu.... and some of 'mine' (below):

1) Persons with a febrile, respiratory illness should stay home and avoid contacts.

2) Frequent hand washing (20 seconds under running water), can lessen disease transmission. A single 'sneeze' propels 40,000 droplets into the air at a speed of 90 mph....these droplets land on door knobs, keyboards, etc. Wash your hands several times a day (alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective) and never touch your face after touching a public object (if possible). Cover your face when you sneeze.

3) If you have to be in public, wear a medical mask. Try to avoid public areas as much as possible.

4) Clinicians should submit nasopharyngeal swabs of patients who present with 'febrile, respiratory' symptoms. These specimens need to be refrigerated. Should you choose to treat, the CDC is currently recommending the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) for treatment and/or prevention of Swine flu.

5) The 'flu' vaccine doesn't work against swine flu.

6) An individual is contagious for3-4 days, while having symptoms, but....children can shed the virus for up to a week. Since this is a new 'bug' I'd be cautious and if you are ill, stay out of public places, if you can.

6) Surprisingly, the CDC has not yet issued a travel warning to endemic areas. It makes sense and certainly will not hurt to postpone trips until this pandemic has passed. Here is a link to CDC travel advice. Personally, I would postpone trips, if possible and probably wear a mask.

7) Call your medical practitioner for any additional concerns.


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