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8/5/2009: Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus

The University of the Sciences Pandemic Preparedness Team continues to monitor the situation regarding the spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. As new information becomes available, the team will provide periodic updates to the University community.

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8/5/2009: H1N1 Flu & You

Source: CDC August 5, 2009

What is novel H1N1 (swine flu)?
Novel H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of novel H1N1 flu was underway.

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8/5/2009: Prevention & Treatment of H1N1 Flu

Source: CDC August 5, 2009

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against novel H1N1 virus.  However, a novel H1N1 vaccine is currently in production and may be ready for the public in the fall. As always, a vaccine will be available to protect against seasonal influenza.

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08/5/2009: Exposure & Spread of H1N1 Flu

Source: CDC August 5, 2009

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

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08/5/2009: H1N1 Flu Contamination & Cleaning

Source: CDC August 5, 2009

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 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on the surface.

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