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Hygiene key to avoid swine flu

With three cases of swine flu suspected in Dallas County, it is important that Ennis residents remain informed about the disease and how to prevent it.
In today’s edition of the Ennis Daily News, we talk with a spokesperson from Ennis Regional Medical Center about the threat of the swine flu. This strain of the influenza virus has caused quite a sensation across the globe, from Mexico to New Zealand.
We at the Ennis Daily News are concerned about the health and safety of Ennis residents, and we want to help do everything possible to keep the swine flu from making an appearance in Ennis.
We don’t want to panic or alarm anyone, as it won’t do any good to do so. We just want to encourage you to follow basic hygiene to prevent this strain of the flu. Even if you received a flu shot, you still need to follow these guidelines. The swine flu is a new strain, therefore the vaccine you received does not protect against it. These guidelines are also beneficial in preventing many other types of illnesses.
Washing your hands throughout the day is very basic, but it is instrumental in preventing all kinds of diseases. You should especially wash your hands after you sneeze or cough. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately. You should also avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands unless they are clean. Surfaces that you suspect have come in contact with the virus should be sanitized.
Following these guidelines is important because even if you don’t think you have come in contact with an individual infected with the swine flu, the virus can be contagious before it is symptomatic. You may have been around someone who has it and doesn’t know it yet.
The good news is the swine flu can be treated with prescription medication, and the symptoms are the same as those of the regular flu. However, prevention of the virus is key. We want to commend the staff at Ennis Regional Medical Center for taking steps to inform the public about this strain of the flu. With their help, Ennis can avoid the swine flu.

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