The health department has the following to say about the disease:
* According to the CDC, the novel influenza A (H1N1) flu spreads in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, which is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person travel through the air and enter the mouth or nose of people or land on objects nearby. Infectious droplets may also be spread when a person touches another person or a contaminated object and then touches their mouth or nose before washing their hands.
* The public is encouraged to prevent disease spread and protect their health. The health department recommends practicing consistent respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes with tissue) and proper hand washing. Clean commonly touched surfaces often. Avoid contact with people who have flu-like symptoms.
* Individuals with flu-like symptoms should contact their medical provider and avoid contact with others. Stay home from work, school, church or social gatherings for 7 days after start of illness or until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved whichever is longer