A never-before-seen strain of swine flu has turned deadly in Mexico and is causing milder illness in the United States and elsewhere. While authorities say it's not time to panic, they are taking steps to stem the spread and also urging people to pay close attention to the latest health warnings and take their own precautions.

"Individuals have a key role to play," Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on April 27, 2009.

Here's what you need to know:

Q: How do I protect myself and my family?

A: For now, take commonsense precautions. Cover...

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