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Local officials monitor flu details

SCHUYLER COUNTY—Amid an international alert for swine influenza (swine flu) awareness, local health officials in Schuyler County are monitoring the situation and remind people to use basic procedures to avoid contact with any flu virus.
Marcia Kasprzyk, deputy director of public health for Schuyler County Public Health, said Tuesday morning, “Swine flu is in the country. We don’t have any cases confirmed locally, but it can be expected to arrive. We are prepared to deal with this, but we would encourage people to do several things to avoid coming in contact with a flu virus.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following advice to stay healthy:
1. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
2. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of an infected person.
3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the tissue in the trash after you use it.
4. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
6. If you do get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
The symptoms of swine flu in people include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported symptoms of a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  


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