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Welcome to The Hotelicopter.

Experience the adrenaline rush of taking off and flying high in the largest helicopter ever produced.
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If you have interest, there are three fly tours.

Inaugural Summer Tour – 14 days (Friday, June 26th, 2009 – Friday, July 10th, 2009)

California Tour – 14 days (Friday, July 17th, 2009 to Friday, July 24rd, 2009)

Bay/Jamaica, European Tour – 16 days (Friday, July 31st, 2009 to Sunday, August 16th, 2009)

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Dimensions Length: 42 m (137 ft)
Height: 28m (91 ft)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 105850 kg (232,870 lb)
Maximum speed: 255 km/h (137 kt) (158 miles/h)
Cruising speed: 237 km/h (127 kt) (147 miles/h)
Original Mi Range: 515 km (320 mi)
Our augmented Mi Range – 1,296 km (700 mi)

The Hotelicopter features 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for adrenaline junkies seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience.
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Each soundproofed room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you’d expect from a flying five star hotel. Room service is available one hour after liftoff and prior to landing.

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The Hotelicopter’s excellent crew and staff make your security and safety their number one priority. Our vehicle meets or exceeds all safety, operating, and maintenance requirements outlined by the FAA in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) relating to transport category rotorcraft.

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The Hotelicopter is due to fly its maiden journey this summer.

Here is the Video

This is the best internet prank that I have ever seen…. Enjoy!

British charity fundraiser Ben Southall won the “best job in the world” on Wednesday – caretaker of an Australia tropical island – after an innovative marketing campaign that highlighted the power of social media.

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Southall, 34, was picked from 16 final contestants in a highly publicised contest by Tourism Queensland which attracted 34,684 video entries from almost 200 countries and surpassed all expectations in promoting tourism in the Australian state.

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The job description? Explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef for six months and report back to Tourism Queensland and the world via blogs, a photo diary, video updates and interviews.

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Also, if you feel like it, feed the fish, collect the mail and clean the pool – and collect a wage of A$150,000 ($110,000)

While the job itself attracted global attention so did the campaign by the government body Tourism Queensland as it highlighted how companies can tap the power of online social media such as YouTube and Facebook, for marketing.

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“This is probably the first time that a campaign has achieved this sort of reach with so little advertising spend other than a few strategically place job ads around the world,” said Australian marketing analyst Tim Burrowes, editor of media and marketing website Mumbrella.

“This has all been about the power of people passing things on, largely through YouTube. The main lesson to be learned here is that if you have an original, exciting idea that gets people talking you don’t need so spend huge on advertising.”

The “Best Job in the World” campaign began in January with Tourism Queensland launching a tourism advertising campaign centered around the lure of “the best job in the world.”

Within days the campaign went viral as applicants from all over the world sent in 60-second video applications and news of the contest spread progressive on social networking sites such as Facebook and the video sharing site YouTube.

The world’s most pierced woman has added more punctures to her body, bringing the grand total to 6,005.

Elaine Davidson, born in Brazil, made the Guinness World Record official in 2000 when she had a mere 462 piercings – 192 of which were in her face.
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Nine years later, Davidson has thousands of piercings including more than 1,500 that she says are ‘internal.’

Surprisingly, Davidson, a nurse who now lives in Edinburgh, says she doesn’t like getting pierced and suffers for her art.

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“I don’t enjoy getting pierced, but to break the record you have to get to a high level and I wanted to break the record”. Elaine Davidson

“My family don’t even like tattoos or piercings. But I am happy. I decided to change myself and be me,” she added.

Dress to Impress

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My boyfriend and I were taking his 19-year-old niece to a weekend festival. When we arrived at her house to pick her up, she appeared in tasteful but very short shorts, and a tank top with spaghetti straps. A debate began immediately about appropriate dress. I took the girl’s side, recalling that when we began dating, I dressed the same way.

“Yes,” said my boyfriend sternly, “and I said something about it, didn’t I?”

Everyone looked at me. “Yeah,” I replied. “You said, ‘What’s your phone number?'”

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Guilty Tax Payer

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Dear IRS: I’m sending you this money because I cheated on my income tax and my conscience has been bothering me. If it doesn’t stop, I’ll send you the rest.

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Strange Facts of Life

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  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • A Crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.crocodile

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

  • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.dragonfly

  • A elephant is the heavest of all land mammals at around 8,000 pounds.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

  • A group of larks is called an exaltation.

  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
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  • A group of ravens is called a murder.

  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.

  • A group of toads is called a knot.

  • A group of Unicorns is called a blessing.

  • A group of whales is called a pod.

  • A kangaroo can’t jump unless its tail is touching the ground.

  • A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

  • A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.

  • A monkey was once tride and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend,Indiana.

  • A noisy resturant is 100,000 times as lound as a watch ticking. Rock Consert 1,000,000,000 times as loud. Loud headphones 10,000,000,000. Shotgun blast 1,000,000,000,000

  • A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.

  • A Penny whistle has six finger holes.

  • A person at rest generates as much heat as a 100watt lightbulb

  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

  • A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.

  • A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.

  • A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champange will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

  • A rhinoceros’ horn is made of compacted hair.

  • A rodents teeth never stop growing. They are worn down by the animal’s constant gnawing on bark, leaves, and other vegetables.

  • A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
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  • A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a weekshark

  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

  • A silicon chip a quarter inch square has the capacity of the orignal 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.

  • A sizable oak tree, during the typical growing season, gives off 28,000 gallons of moisture.
  • A snail can have about 25,000 teeth

  • A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.

  • A starfish can turn its self inside out.

  • A ten gallon hat holds three quarters of a gallon.

  • A toothpick is the object most often chocked on by Americans.

  • A Walla Walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background when they say walla walla it looks like they are actually talking.

  • A whales heart beats only nine times a minute.

  • A woodchuck breathers only ten times during hibernation.

  • About 3,500 gallons if water is needed to produce one pound of beef.

  • About 300 million cells die in your body every minute.

  • About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were thirty.

  • About 70% of all living organisms in the world are bacteria.

  • About 85% of the plant life on the Earth is in the ocean.

  • About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they’re still sitting on it.

  • Abraham Lincoln was the only US president ever granted a patent.

  • According to Genesis 1:2022 the chicken came before the egg.

  • According to Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take 14 of each kind of ‘clean’ animal in to the ark.

  • Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

  • After eating, a housefly regurgitates is food and then eats it again.

  • Albert Brooks’s real name is Albert Einstein.

  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952.

  • Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

  • Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

  • All 17 children of Queen Anne dies before she did.

  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

  • All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.

  • All totalled, the sunlight that strikes Earth at any given moment weighs as much as a large ocean liner.

  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.

  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Anteaters prefers termites to ants.

  • Ants stretch before they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

  • Armored knights raised their visors to themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.

  • Assuming you could walk to the sun it would take about 2000 years.
  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  • At age 16 Confucius was a corn inspector.
  • Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
  • Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  • Canada has more lakes that the rest of the world combined.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning Big Village.
  • Catgut comes from sheep not cats.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.
  • Children grow more in the springtime.
  • Chopsuey is not a native Chinese dish, it was crafted in California by Chinese immigrants.
  • Chrysler built B29’s that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.
  • Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly over head.
  • Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • During a life time, one person generates more than 1000 pounds of red blood cells.
  • If the Earth was smooth, the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12 000 feet.
  • If you are chased by a crocodile, run zigzag, a crocodile is not good at making sharp turns.
  • In 1976 a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50
    pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.
  • In 1976 Rodrigo’s Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez’ was No 1 in the UK for only three hours because of a computer error.
  • In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
  • In 1990 there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the US
  • In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
  • In ancient Greece, where the mouse was sacred to Apollo, mice were sometimes devoured by temple priests.
  • In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 cam be jailed for cheating on their finals.
  • In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
  • In Casablanka, humphrey Bogart never said Play it again, Sam.
  • In eighteenth century England, women’s wigs were sometimes 4 feet high. These remarkable headdresses were dusted with flour and decorated with stuffed birds, replicas of gardens, plates of fruit, or even model ships.
  • In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an empolyee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.
  • In England, in the 1800’s pants was considered a dirty word.
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • In Greene, new york, you cannot walk backwards and eat peanuts on teh sidewalk during a concert.
  • In Hardford, Connecut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.
  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The Keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named HMS Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.
  • In the 40’s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘Bitch.’
  • In the Balanta tribe of Africa, a bride remained married until her wedding gown was worn out. If she wanted a divorce after 2 weeks, all she had to do was rip up her dress.
  • In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
  • IN the flim ‘Star Trek: First Contact, when Picard shows Lilly she is orbiting Earth, Australia and Papa New Guinea are clearly visible .. But new Zealand is missing.
  • In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
  • In the heart of the Antarctic winter, temperatures drop to as low as 127 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the Couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
  • In the middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.
  • In the past 100 years only 12 people have been attacked by mountain lions in the state of California. Five died and two of those were because of rabies in 1909
  • In the United States there is one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 14 seconds.
  • In the White House, there are 13,092 Knives, forks, and spoons.
  • In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.
  • In Toy Story, the carpet designs in Sid’s hallway is the same as the carpet designs in The Shining.
  • In Vermont, USA, it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husbands.
  • Ireland is the only place where windmills turn clockwise.
  • Irving Berlin, who was born on 11 May 1888 and who composed three thousand songs in his lifetime, couldn’t read music.
  • Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey decimal category.
  • It costs $6,400 to raise a medium size dog to age eleven.
  • It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equipt and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
  • It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
  • It is against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska
  • It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by
    squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
  • It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
  • It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
  • It is illegal to own a dog in Reykjavik.
  • It is illegal to swim in central park.
  • It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not downstairs.
  • It take 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to the earth.
  • It take a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  • It take the insect eating Venus Flytrap plant only half a second to shut its trap on prey.
  • It takes a yard of sugarcane to make one sugar cube.
  • it takes more than 500 peanuts to make one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • It took engineers 22 years to design the zipper.
  • It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls with out human faces.
  • It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
  • It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland.
  • It’s against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II
  • James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the US
  • James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
  • Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to being the back teeth together for chewing.
  • Jean Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original Predator in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
  • Jet lag was once called boat lag, beck before jets existed.
  • Jimmy Carter is a speed reader (2000 wpm).
  • Jimmy Carter was the first US president to have been born in a hospital.
  • John Cage composed ‘Imaginary Landscaper No.4’, which was scored for twelve radios tuned at random.
  • John has a long moustache was the coded signal used by the French Resistance in WWII
  • John Larroquette of Night Court And the John Larroquette Show was the narrator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in a theatre.
  • John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.
  • June Foray, the voice of Talking Tina from the classic Twilight Zone episode Living Doll, was also the voice of Rocky the talking squirrel from Rocky & Bullwinkle.
  • Just twenty seconds’ worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon.
  • Kathleen Turner was the voice of Jessica Rabbit, and Amy Irving was her singing voice.
  • Kemo Sabe, the name Tonto called The Lone Ranger means Soggy Shrub in Navajo Indian.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
  • Killer whales have such a good sense of touch that if you dropped a pill into a bucket and feed it to the orca it would eat the fish and spit out the pill.
  • King Kong in the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) relaced the same year (1933)
  • Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
  • Knitted socks discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs have been dated back as far as the 3rd century AD.
  • Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI
  • Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill ‘if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee’. His reply ‘if you were my wife, I would drink it’
  • Larry Lewis ran the 100 yard dash in 17.9 seconds in 1969, there by setting a new world’s record for runners in the 100 years or older class. He was 101.
  • Lawsuits riled be California inmates cost the taxpayers more than 25 million in 1994.
  • Lee Harvey Oswals’s cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992
  • Lemon sharks grow a new set of teeth every two weeks! They grow more than 24,000 new teeth every year!
  • Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one had and draw with the other at the same time.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors, played the viola, and spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.
  • Less than 1% of the Caribbean Islands are inhabited.
  • Less than 2% of the water on Earth is fresh.
  • Less than 7% of the population donates blood.
  • Li is the family name for over 87 million People in China.
  • Lightning strikes the earth about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
  • Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith’s (of the Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
  • Lobsters have blue blood.
  • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of Lorne Green’s Wild Kingdom.
  • Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
  • Los Angeles’s full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, LA
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”:
    tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

The air that most Americans breathe may not be as clean as they think — depending on where they live, at least.
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City Rankings from American Lung Association

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Ozone

#1 Los Angeles
#2 Bakersfield
#3 Visalia
#4 Fresno
#5 Houston
#6 Sacramento
#7 Dallas-Fort Worth
#8 Charlotte
#9 Phoenix
#10 El Centro
#11 Hanford
#12 Las Vegas
#13 San Diego
#14 D.C./Baltimore
#15 Cincinnati
#16 Philadelphia
#17 St. Louis
#18 New York City
#19 Knoxville
#20 Birmingham
#21 Baton Rouge
#22 Kansas City
#23 Atlanta
#24 Merced
#25 Memphis

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Roughly 60 percent of Americans live in areas where air pollution has reached unhealthy levels that can make people sick, suggests the 2009 State of the Air report released today by the American Lung Association.

Most Polluted U.S. Cities By Year Round Particle Pollution

#1 Bakersfield
#2 Pittsburgh
#3 Los Angeles
#4 Visalia
#5 Birmingham
#6 Hanford
#7 Fresno
#8 Cincinnati
#9 Detroit
#10 Cleveland
#11 Charleston
#11 Huntington
#11 Louisville
#14 Macon
#14 St. Louis
#16 Weirton
#17 Atlanta
#18 Indianapolis
#18 Rome
#20 Canton
#20 York
#22 Lancaster
#22 New York City
#24 Hagerstown
#24 Houston

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Short Term Particle Pollution

#1 Pittsburgh
#2 Fresno
#3 Bakersfield
#4 Los Angeles
#5 Birmingham
#6 Salt Lake City
#7 Sacramento
#8 Logan
#9 Detroit
#9 Chicago
#11 Indianapolis
#12 Visalia
#13 Eugene
#14 D.C. / Baltimore
#15 Hanford
#16 New York City
#17 Modesto
#18 Merced
#19 Louisville
#20 Philadelphia
#20 San Jose
#22 Provo
#23 San Diego
#24 Harrisburg
#25 St. Louis

The 2009 report was based on data collected at some 900 monitoring sites across the country during a three-year period from 2005 through 2007. Researchers measured the air quality of different areas using three criteria — long-term particle pollution, short-term particle pollution and ozone concentration. All three forms of pollution have been shown to have negative health effects.

Swine Flu / Swine Influenza – An Epidemic

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The bloody swine influenza A (H1N1) virus that has infected humans in the U.S. and Mexico is a novel influenza A virus that has not previously been identified in North America. This swine flu virus is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine), but is sensitive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Investigations of these cases suggest that on-going human-to-human swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is occurring.

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Symptoms of Swine Flu?

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Although uncomplicated influenza-like illness (fever, cough or sore throat) has been reported in many cases, mild respiratory illness (nasal congestion,  rhinorrhea) without fever and occasional severe disease also has been reported.

Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, headache, chills, fatigue, and dyspnea.

Conjunctivitis is rare, but has been reported. Severe disease (pneumonia, respiratory failure) and fatal outcomes have been reported with swine influenza A virus infection.

The potential for exacerbation of underlying chronic medical conditions or invasive bacterial infection with swine influenza A virus infection should be considered.

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Infectious Period

Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days after illness onset should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. The duration of infectiousness might vary by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are recommended to stay at home (voluntary isolation) for at least the first 7 days after illness onset except to seek medical care.
Interm Recommendations

For clinical care or collection of respiratory specimens from a symptomatic individual (acute respiratory symptoms with or without fever) who is a confirmed case, or a suspected case (ill close contact of a confirmed case) of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection:

Infectious Period

Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days after illness onset should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. The duration of infectiousness might vary by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are recommended to stay at home (voluntary isolation) for at least the first 7 days after illness onset except to seek medical care.

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Case definitions

A confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as a person with an acute respiratory illness with laboratory confirmed swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection at CDC by one or more of the following tests:

* real-time RT-PCR

* viral culture

* four-fold rise in swine influenza A (H1N1) virus-specific neutralizing antibodies

A suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as a person with acute febrile respiratory illness with onset within 7 days of close contact with a person who is a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

Close contact is defined as: within about 6 feet of an ill person who is a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

* Close contact is defined as: within about 6 feet of an ill person who is a confirmed case of swine influenza A virus infection

Acute respiratory illness is defined as recent onset of at least two of the following: rhinorrhea or nasal congestion, sore throat, cough (with or without fever or feverishness)

Treatment

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Antiviral treatment of a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, either oseltamivir (Tamiflu) orzanamivir (Relenza) may be administered. Recommended duration of treatment is five days. These same antivirals should be considered for treatment of cases that test positive for influenza A but test negative for seasonal influenza viruses H3 and H1 by PCR.

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.


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