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If someone at your home has contracted swine flu, prevents its further spread by following the advice below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also watch our exclusive video on facemasks and swine flu (right).
• Dispose of tissues and other similar items used by a sick person in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and other waste.
• Keep night tables, bathroom surfaces, kids' toys, and other surfaces and items clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant; follow label directions.
• Wash linens, eating utensils, and dishes used by a sick person before someone else uses them again. You do not need to clean these items separately. Wash utensils in a dishwasher or by hand with soap and water.
• Wash linens used by a sick person with your regular laundry detergent and tumble dry on a hot setting. To prevent contaminating yourself, don't "hug" the laundry on your way to the laundry room. Immediately after handling dirty laundry, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. e-mail | Twitter