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Exposures Not Thought to Spread 2009 H1N1 Flu
By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Published: 01/11/2010

Stop h1n1 Can I get infected with 2009 H1N1 virus from eating or preparing pork?

No. 2009 H1N1 viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get infected with novel HIN1 virus from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

Is there a risk from drinking water?

Tap water that has been treated by conventional disinfection processes does not likely pose a risk for transmission of influenza viruses. Current drinking water treatment regulations provide a high degree of protection from viruses. No research has been completed on the susceptibility of 2009 H1N1 flu virus to conventional drinking water treatment processes. However, recent studies have demonstrated that free chlorine levels typically used in drinking water treatment are adequate to inactivate highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. It is likely that other influenza viruses such as 2009 H1N1 would also be similarly inactivated by chlorination. To date, there have been no documented human cases of influenza caused by exposure to influenza-contaminated drinking water.

Can 2009 H1N1 flu virus be spread through water in swimming pools, spas, water parks, interactive fountains, and other treated recreational water venues?

Influenza viruses infect the human upper respiratory tract. There has never been a documented case of influenza virus infection associated with water exposure. Recreational water that has been treated at CDC recommended disinfectant levels does not likely pose a risk for transmission of influenza viruses. No research has been completed on the susceptibility of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus to chlorine and other disinfectants used in swimming pools, spas, water parks, interactive fountains, and other treated recreational venues. However, recent studies have demonstrated that free chlorine levels recommended by CDC (1–3 parts per million [ppm or mg/L] for pools and 2–5 ppm for spas) are adequate to disinfect avian influenza A (H5N1) virus. It is likely that other influenza viruses such as 2009 H1N1 virus would also be similarly disinfected by chlorine.

Can 2009 H1N1 influenza virus be spread at recreational water venues outside of the water?

Yes, recreational water venues are no different than any other group setting. The spread of this 2009 H1N1 flu is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

The above was re-printed from the CDC - For More Information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm.



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  2. LadyArkin on 02/20/2010:

    H1N1 has mostly been proved to be a great big fundraiser by Big Pharma to generate additional sales in the economic slump. They have fabulous PR and the spineless roaches that are the media will pander to anyone if it means ratings. They have a good working relationship. But I digress. If H1N1 is such a large concern do what you can to: 1) preserve your respiratory tract. Start by eliminating all pasteurized dairy from your diet. This is the worst segment of the foods available to you that can and does interfere with proper respiration. 2) Stop eating junk food and clean up your diet. 3) Oxygenate your body as much as possible. This means that you must breathe in fresh, clean air, and eat foods that promote oxygenated blood: raw greens, fruits, and raw vegetables. Do you remember that food pyramid that you were taught at school? That was a lie. You need 80% fruit, 10% veggies (as raw as possible), and a maximum of10% raw plant based fats. 4) Detox your body and never smoke or drink again. Once you’ve accomplished these things your body will be much leaner, healthier, and better able to deal with any kind of sickness that might come up. Anything else that anyone else tells you is a lie or a scam.


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