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Mashup: Map of Swine Flu with Google Maps and Prevention Tips

The number of cases in the US has doubled in the past 24 hours. It is best to be prepared and stock up on food/drinks and make a plan for your family. No scare tactics here, just the truth.

View H1N1 Swine Flu map.

Wash your hands regularly. Count to 10 while washing to kill all germs.
Use wipes to clean grocery store carts before use and other publicly used items.
If you are susceptible to the flu, take extra precautions to protect yourself.

Sick employees need to stay home

CDC recommends that employees who experience symptoms of swine flu stay home from work until the illness passes. You don’t need any heroes in the office with this one. (“I haven’t missed a day of work in 18 years, and I won’t now.” Uh-huh. Yes, you will.)

How long until the illness passes? People with swine flu should be considered contagious as long as they display symptoms and possibly up to seven days after they get sick, the CDC says on its Web site. Employees with kids should understand that children, especially younger children, could be contagious for longer periods, according to the CDC.

From Swine flu resources on the Web

Here are some go-to sites for reliable information about the swine flu.

Your authoritative source: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), Swine flu information.

CDC’s interim recommendations for facemask use.

CDC’s swine flu widget, which you can copy onto your own Web site.

Health and Human Services (HHS) press release about declaration of public health emergency.

USDA’s swine flu FAQ.

Follow the CDC on Twitter.

Follow Health and Human Services communicator Andrew Wilson on Twitter.

Google maps tracking the outbreak.