Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people. Now, that has changed.
The acting head of the Centers for Disease Control says people can best protect themselves against the swine flu threat by taking precautions they were taught as kids, like frequently washing their hands.
Richard Besser said Monday the best response is to do "the things we learned when we were little," like covering one's mouth when coughing and staying home with a fever.
Although there have been no reported cases of swine flu in Colorado, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released
at 10:59 AM on Apr. 28, 2009