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Swine Flu

Posted May 05 2009 12:00am
There's a lot of talk on the news of the swine flu. From all the press it's been getting, one might think that it is easier to catch and worse than the 'regular' flu. It's not: it is just a new strain of the flu. Here's some information on the flu that doesn't necessarily make the news...

How long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)?
Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface.

Can I get infected with this new H1N1 virus from eating or preparing pork?
No. H1N1 viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get this new HIN1 virus from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

How does this new H1N1 virus spread?
Spread of this H1N1 virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

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For more information on how UC San Diego is dealing with the swine flu, check out the homepage of

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