The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally, with 15 cases currently reported in California as of Tuesday afternoon and 54 in the rest of the country.
According to a press release from the Siskiyou County Public Health Department, there are no known cases of swine flu in Siskiyou County. 
The trends do suggest concern however, with New York City seeing a one day increase from 8 to 45 lab confirmed cases.
There have been no reported deaths in the US. 
A recent San Francisco Chronicle article reported that the most recent cases in California included 3 in Sacramento and, as of yesterday afternoon, 2 in Marin County.  The other 10 are in San Diego and Imperial counties.
The CDC recommends that people avoid travel to Mexico unless absolutely necessary.   Currently, the World Health Organization reports 7 deaths in Mexico. According to the SF Chronicle, over 2,000 Mexicans have been stricken by the flu.   
Swine flu is respiratory disease of pigs caused by the type A influenza virus and regularly causes outbreaks in pig populations.  Typically, this form of flu does not spread to humans, though low level outbreaks have historically occurred. 
The CDC has determined that Swine Influenza A virus   is now spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads.
Mt. Shasta Physician Alan Cohn noted that the remote geographical location of Siskiyou County makes it much less likely that residents would be exposed to the swine flu.  “Our risk (here in Siskiyou County) is small. The problem is, we all have easy access to worldwide travel.”
The Health Department reported that it is closely monitoring the situation and emphasized that the California Department of Public Health has recommended enhanced surveillance among all medical providers. 
 The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
According to the CDC, infected people may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick. That means people  may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before they know they are sick. 
The Siskiyou County Health Department recommends that individuals cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash their hands regularly, avoid being within six feet of someone who is sick, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, stay home form work or school if experiencing flu symptoms and limit contact with others who exhibit flu symptoms.
The county recommends individuals who have recently travelled to Mexico or other area where the flu has been reported, have been in contact with ill persons from those areas or  have been near pigs to stay home and contact a medical provider if they exhibit symptoms.
Eating pork products in any form does not put an individual at  risk of swine flu.
The  CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection.  These anti viral  drugs are prescription medicines  that fight against the flu by keeping   viruses from reproducing. The drugs make the illness milder and alleviated the symptoms and can  also prevent serious flu complications.  They  typically work best if started  within two days of symptoms.
The Siskiyou County Health Department will be monitoring the situation and release any new information to medical providers and the public as it becomes available.  For more information, call the Public Health Department at 841-2100 ext. 6. To speak to a nurse, call 841-2134 or 841-2100. Updated information on the swine flu can be found on the CDC website at cdc.gov/swineflu.