Spread of the H1N1 swine influenza virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads, from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person carry the disease through the air. Touching objects that have the flu virus on them, then touching the mouth, nose or eyes can also cause transmission.
Infected people can pass the disease onto others one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick.
Eating pork or pork products has not been linked to the spread of swine flu. The CDC's Web site states that swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food.
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