Over the past few weeks, much has been learned about the cases of H1N1
novel influenza. This virus currently appears to be acting like
seasonal influenza in terms of the severity of illness and the
transmission of infection.
Public Health experts acknowledge, however, that influenza viruses are
unpredictable and can change their infection and severity pattern over
time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends
that we remain vigilant due to this unpredictability. The CDC also
acknowledges the possibility of a "second wave" of transmission in the
the University is no longer advising students, staff and faculty
against nonessential travel to Mexico.
the Education Abroad Suspension Committee (EASC) has removed the
system-wide ban on student travel to Mexico.
H1N1 within our community
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) assumes that there is
spread of the H1N1 virus within the state of Minnesota and the Twin
Cities. It is no longer testing for H1N1 in persons with flu-like
symptoms unless hospitalization has occurred.
Because transmission of the H1N1 influenza virus appears to be
occurring widely, MDH recommends that persons use good hand washing techniques and respiratory etiquette to stay healthy during this extended influenza season.
Persons with influenza-like illnesses (fever of 100 degrees F or
greater, and recent onset of cough or sore throat) should stay home
for seven days after the onset of illness or at least 24 hours after
symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
Those in close contact with H1N1 cases and who have an underlying
condition placing them at high risk for complications from influenza
should be evaluated by a health care provider. The health care
provider who is providing care for the H1N1 patient is in the best
position to review the need-to-notify close contacts.