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2009 H1N1 flu and University Preparedness

April 27, 2009

Members of the University of Minnesota community:

As you may be aware, the federal government has declared a public health emergency as a result of several confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S. This declaration is described as "standard operating procedure" to free up federal resources to combat the virus. It is expected that more cases will be confirmed in the coming days, but none in the U.S. have resulted in death.

Public agencies, including the University of Minnesota, have been actively preparing for the potential of a pandemic for a number of years. Although the swine flu has not been declared a pandemic, there are plans and procedures in place to ensure an effective response, particularly if the situation changes over time.

Currently, there are no changes to University operations or activities as a result of swine flu. University leaders, health services, public health, and emergency management personnel are beginning the early implementation phase of our response plan, as appropriate.

The University is committed to providing up-to-date information on swine flu and how it impacts us. We are fortunate to be the home to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which is at the forefront in planning and researching these critical public health issues. The best thing everyone can do at the present time is to monitor events as they develop and know where to go for accurate, timely information.

Here are a number of helpful links to keep you informed:

Sincerely,

Kathleen O'Brien, Vice President for University Services and Officer of the Day

John Finnegan, Assistant Vice President for Public Health and Dean of the School of Public Health

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University of Minnesota Pandemic Influenza Response Plan (332 K pdf)