Swine flu? Or Maybe First Lyme Disease Symptoms?

Lyme disease symptoms often begin with flu symptoms – like feelings of headache, fever, muscle pains, weakness and stiff neck. Flu is spread through the air by a virus called Influenza. It can range from mild to severe flu symptoms and can be complicated by other infections, illness and even death.

Flu symptoms may vary from one person to another and usually last 2-5 days. Even after the recovery from the acute illness, you can feel “wiped out” for days to 2-3 weeks following the flu.


To avoid confusion with other respiratory illnesses, Santa Clara County’s public health department released these specific conditions to be considered for swine-flu testing.

– Symptoms must include a fever above 100°F or 37.8°C and one or more signs or symptoms including: head and body aches, cough, sore throat, chills, trouble breathing, and vomiting and/or diarrhea.

– People who experience a fever of 100°F and one or more symptoms should call their doctor or clinic. Plan to provide the following information: types of symptoms you are experiencing; recent travel to Mexico; contact with someone who may have influenza.

The incubation period for swine flu, as with other strains of influenza, is two to seven days, according to public health officials.

– The Santa Clara County Public Health Information Line (PHIL) will be staffed to answer public questions about the swine flu. Call 408-885-3980.

– For more information about swine flu, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu or www.sccgov.org and click on “Swine Flu Update” under Hot Items