|While swine flu viruses seldom infect people, such
infections can occur. These infections are thought to
occur in the same way that seasonal influenza viruses
spread among people. Pigs that are infected shed the
virus—possibly in coughs or sneezes—and people who are
nearby can breathe the virus in.
Infection also may occur by a person touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. It should be noted that influenza viruses have not been shown to be transmitted to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork or other products derived from pigs.
The following precautions should be followed to protect yourself and your family:
|• Wash your hands frequently with soap and
water before and after exposure to animals.
• Never eat, drink or put things in your mouth while in animal areas and don’t take food
or drink into animal areas.
• Avoid contact with pigs if you are experiencing influenza-like symptoms as people can give
influenza to pigs.
• Persons with swine contact who have influenza-like illness (fever, cough, runny nose and possibly
vomiting and diarrhea) and who are at high risk for influenza virus complications may wish to go to
their doctor and mention they have swine contact. Doctors may prescribe antiviral drugs.