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H1N1 flu: symptoms and treatment

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- With 20 confirmed cases in the U.S., Gov. Chet Culver plans to address concerns about H1N1 flu prevention in Iowa.

So far, there are no confirmed cases in Iowa, but as of Monday morning, hospitals like St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids are doing routine testing of flu patients.

The Centers for Disease Control says, if you exhibit symptoms of H1N1 flu, do not go to work or school. The symptoms of H1N1 flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with H1N1 flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

H1N1 flu is typically spread through coughing or sneezing. As with most illnesses, the CDC recommends regularly washing your hands. According to the CDC, there are currently four antiviral drugs available to treat this type of flu.

Click here to read the latest information from the CDC.

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