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Do I Have Swine Flu? 10 Symptoms of H1N1

Never fear; despite the name, you cannot contract Swine Flu (or H1N1) from eating bacon, pork chops, or touching a live pig.

This highly contagious infection appears and spreads in ways very similar to influenza—via tiny particles in the air emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches another person with germy hands.

H1N1 swine flu is contagious usually before an infected person even shows the slightest sign of symptoms, and they can remain contagious for between seven to 10 days in length.  Most people will treat and heal from swine flu before they even realize they have the illness. However, the most concerning factor about H1N1 is that, unlike seasonal flu, which mainly jeopardizes the lives of the young, senior, and those with compromised immune systems, a bout of swine flu puts the lives of young, healthy people at risk as well.

The ten main symptoms of swine flu present themselves like a seasonal cold, and include…

1. Rising Fever

A fever that starts out mild, similar to a regular cold, and rises quickly to a high fever over 38-degrees Celsius or 100.4-degrees Fahrenheit will often indicate that you have a more serious illness than just seasonal influenza.  Your rising temperature may cause night sweats followed by bouts of cold chills.

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