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Across the border, Mexico has shutdown its schools, museums and other buildings due to a deadly outbreak of swine flu. At least 68 people have died there, mainly in Mexico City. Nearly 1,000 others have fallen ill. U.S. health officials are also concerned. There have been eight cases of swine flu so far in the U.S., but no deaths.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the outbreak.
"This is something we're worried about and treating very seriously and I think it's important that people are paying attention to what's going on," said Dr. Richard Besser, Acting Director at the CDC.
This is nothing like any other flu. The CDC says they're dealing with a never-before-seen mixture of viruses from swine, birds and humans.
Here are some facts on swine flu from the CDC:
– Pigs can catch human viruses back to humans and they can be passed from humans to humans
– Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of seasonal influenza: fever, coughing, muscle aches & extreme fatigue, but there can also be more extreme vomiting and diarrhea
– There are four antiviral drugs licensed for use in the U.S. to treat swine flu
– There is no vaccine to protect humans from swine flu, although the CDC is working on one
– You cannot catch swine flu from eating pork or pork products.
– Vaccine against human flu is not expected to work against swine flu
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