A new variation of the influenza virus known as swine flu has been detected in parts of California and several other states. We have not found any confirmed cases of this new strain in Los Angeles County, but we do expect that this type of flu will spread.
In the U.S., the good news so far is that those with this virus have had only mild or moderate symptoms. However, in Mexico preliminary data suggests this may cause a more severe pattern of infection.
We do not suggest any changes in what you would normally do to avoid either getting sick yourself or passing illness to others: if you are sick, stay home; if your child is sick, do not send him or her to school; cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands frequently, especially before eating and after using the restroom; and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is on alert, and we have activated surveillance to identify cases of this strain that may surface in LA County. We are also working with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on control measures.
- County of L.A. Public Health swine flu page
- Frequently asked questions about Swine Flu (English)
- Frequently asked questions about Swine Flu (Spanish)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Updates Department of Public Health
- CDC Emergency Twitter Updates
- H1N1 Guidance (Powerpoint)
- Steps to Care for Someone with New Flu A H1N1 at Home
- Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) (S-OIV)—Home Care Guidance
- Enhanced H1N1 Outreach (December 31, 2009) New
- Quick Facts (English) (Spanish) – October 26, 2009 New
- What Parents Should Know – October 24, 2009 New
- First Delivery of H1N1 Vaccine Expected Next Week for LA County – October 1, 2009
- Schools and Flu: Frequently Asked Questions – September 2009
- Pandemic H1N1 Flu Frequently Asked Questions – September 23, 2009
- Home Care Checklist – September 22, 2009
- Pandemic H1N1 Update – Volume 3 (English) – October 22, 2009 New
- Pandemic H1N1 Update – Volume 3 (Spanish) – September 23, 2009
- Pandemic H1N1 Update – Volume 2 (English) – September 18, 2009
- Pandemic H1N1 Update – Volume 2 (Spanish) – September 18, 2009
- Pandemic H1N1 Update (English) – August 24, 2009
- Pandemic H1N1 Update (Spanish) – August 24, 2009
- Video Update – April 29, 2009
- Video Update (Espanol) – April 29, 2009
- Supervisor Ridley-Thomas On County’s Response To Swine Flu Outbreak – April 28, 2009