“New York State is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address possible cases of swine flu in New York. Swine flu is different from a seasonal flu, although some symptoms are similar, including fever, cough, sore throat, chills and fatigue.
“There are 45 confirmed and likely cases in New York involving high school students from New York City – some of whom traveled to Cancun, Mexico, during their spring break. So far, all of the cases in the U.S. are mild.
“Swine flu can be treated with antiviral drugs, so there is no need to panic. There are everyday actions you can take to reduce your exposure to swine flu and other infections – cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid close contact with sick people.
“If you have questions or concerns about swine flu, the state has set up a 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-808-1987. New York City residents should call 311. Information can also be found on the Department of Health Web site, www.nyhealth.gov.”