Swine Flu "refers to influenza caused by those strains of influenza virus, called swine influenza virus (SIV), that usually infect pigs."
The strain that is currently being passed around between humans is a called H1N1 and is similar to to the Swine Flu that infects pigs, though not exactly the same. As of May 4th, there were 226 confirmed cases of H1N1, 40 of which were in Texas, and one of which resulted in death.
Symptoms of H1N1
The presence of Swine Flu can only be determined by lab tests, but it is generally reported that the symptoms are similar to that of the regular flu.
Possible Swine Flu Symptoms
Muscle Ache or Pain
Loss of Appetite
Swine Flu Warning Signs in Children
Isn't Drinking Enough Fluids
An Uncomfortable State
Is Swine Flu in Houston?
Unfortunately, yes. Matter of fact, the one death that has occured on US soil credited to Swine Flu happened in Houston. Several schools among Houston's many districts have closed down temporarily in hopes of curbing the spread of H1N1.
Which Schools in Houston's Are Closed Down?
Here are the links to the districts in Houston and its surrounding areas that have closed down because of the virus.
Mainly, you'll want to wash your hands regularly using either (1) warm water and soap, for at least 20 seconds, or (2) a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Beyond that, you'll want to follow the same routine you would were you trying to avoid getting the regular flu.