The swine flu is similar to the typical seasonal flu that spreads from December to February, but the virus is transmitted very easily, causing a rapid spread.
The virus has a seven-day incubation period, meaning it takes seven days from the time of exposure to become infected.
The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to those of the seasonal flu and include high fever, body aches, coughing and sneezing.
Swine flu is spread from person to person, mainly through coughing and sneezing. So, it is important to cover coughs with a sleeve or tissue to prevent spreading the virus. People who are sick are also advised to stay home and isolate themselves.
Because the United States has quality health care, and people are more health-conscious, there is not as much to worry about as in Mexico where health care isn't extensive and the virus is spreading quickly.
Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, said students with symptoms will be referred to walk-in clinics in Lawrence. There will be a charge for a nasal swab to collect cultures for testing.