A new type of flu called H1N1 or swine flu has started to make people sick. It is a disease like regular (seasonal) flu. This virus came from a virus that usually makes pigs sick. Many countries around the world, including the United States, have H1N1 cases.
You cannot get H1N1 from eating pork or pork products. H1N1 is spread the same way that regular flu spreads: from person to person through coughing or sneezing of sick people. Sometimes people can get the flu by touching something like a door knob that has flu germs on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.
H1N1 symptoms are like the symptoms of regular flu:
See a doctor if you have a high fever, trouble breathing or cannot keep food or liquids down.
Stay home when you are sick. When you are sick, stay home from work and school to protect others from getting sick. Wear a facemask or handkerchief to cover your mouth and nose if you have to go out.
Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, manage your stress, drink fluids and eat healthy.