County officials watching for swine flu

County medical personnel in Mercer and surrounding counties are keeping an eye out for cases of the swine flu that has sickened a handful of individuals in New York, California, Texas, Ohio, and Kansas, and killed 150 people in Mexico.

Although no cases have thus far emerged in New Jersey government officials are urging residents to be mindful of the disease and take precautions, such as regularly washing hands and contacting a physician in the event of illness.

Also, anyone who becomes ill is urged to avoid their place of work and other public places and instead remain home, where the illness can run its course.

Like the flu that normally strikes humans the swine flu is a respiratory illness that spreads through the air, causing fever, coughing, sore throat, muscle aches, chills and other common flu symptoms.

Similar to the Spanish Influenza that killed 50 million people in 1918 and 1919, this strain of flu appears to have caused the most fatalities among young, healthy adults in Mexico, rather than traditional flu victims who are elderly or very young.

Researchers have suggested that, like the Spanish flu, this strain is causing an overly aggressive immune response in young adults that actually destroys the lungs and throats.

No deaths have been reported in the U.S.

In Mexico, soccer teams have played in empty stadiums and traditionally busy public squares and markets are devoid of activity since the flu outbreak began.

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One response to “County officials watching for swine flu

  1. Mr. Clean

    This has somehow gotta be King Douglas Hunterdon Palmer’s fault.

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