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2009 H1N1 flu update 2

April 28, 2009

University faculty, staff and students,

We're writing to provide a brief update following a day of increasing media focus on the emergence of swine flu.

Late Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US State Department issued a travel alert advising no non-essential travel by US citizens to Mexico. University officials will be reviewing this information Tuesday to determine its effect on University Study Abroad and other international programs.

The Minnesota Department of Health has increased its surveillance and has not identified any cases in the state so far. We are sharing with you, however, their recommendation that we all follow basic infection prevention measures that include:

  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing,
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub, and,
  • staying home when you are sick.

The University has established a Swine Flu page on its Safety and Security Web site that includes information about the virus, how to prepare for a health emergency, and links to key health organizations with up-to-date information about the Swine Flu.

The University’s Safety and Security teams are monitoring the situation, and we remain committed to updating you with any new information as it emerges.

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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