Local health officials are bracing for an unusually intense flu season, with the yearly “seasonal” flu compounded by the so-called swine flu, which is already present in the regional population.
This illustration shows the various symptoms associated with the swine flu or H1N1 200 virus. Dr. Mark Netherda, Sonoma County’s Deputy Public Health Officer, outlines the straightforward steps that anyone can take to minimize their exposure to it.
Is it a good idea to wear a surgical mask when out in public? Only if you’re already sick.
So why is this being called the swine flu? Dr. Netherda explains its based in the molecular history of the virus (shown at left), and has almost nothing to do with pigs.
More extensive information about the swine flu nationwide is available from the Centers for Disease Control, which maintains an online map showing the incidence of the disease on a state-by-state basis.
And, on a less serious note...