SWINE INFLUENZA has affected Mexico, Canada , New Zealand and the United States with death counts rising by the minute. Details of the symptoms aredetailed below.Some actions that we could take to ensure that we stay healthy.1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.2. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.3. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.4. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.Here in Malaysia, the ministry’s operations room in Putrajaya has started a 24-hour monitoring of the situation. The public can call 03-8881 0200/300for enquiries.