MRSA is a bacteria found of the skin of many people. It can cause infections in some people, and can be difficult to treat
Influenza (or flu) is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs that can make someone of any age ill. Influenza in children may be indistinguishable from disease caused by other respiratory viruses. The common cold, croup, viral pneumonia and undifferentiated acute respiratory disease may be caused by influenza virus. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur, particularly in children.
What causes influenza?
Influenza virus is an orthomyxovirus. Three virus types are known: influenza A, influenza B and influenza C.
What are the symptoms of influenza?
Abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat and nonproductive cough. Young children typically have milder sneezing and coughing
How long is it contagious?
The virus may be found in respiratory secretions for 24 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and up to seven days after the symptoms begin. Influenza is most contagious in the 24 hours before the onset on symptoms.
How can I prevent infection?
For more information, please call the Northern Kentucky Health Department at 859.363.2070.
Revised November 2014