You are likely aware of the news reports about the swine flu. One mild case has been confirmed in Ohio. Though we have no reported cases of swine flu on campus or nearby, we are taking a few precautions just to be safe:
- The nurses and physicians in UA's Health Services are monitoring patients for respiratory illness.
- Our emergency operations group will hold a conference call daily to discuss the status of the flu and contingency plans.
- UA Health Services works closely with the experts at the Akron Health Department and at other health agencies. These agencies are following the situation both locally and nationally, and they will alert us if the situation changes.
I want to emphasize that these steps are merely precautionary.
The spread of any flu virus can be reduced by following these good habits (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Swine flu can be treated. If you believe you are coming down with the flu, contact your physician or visit Health Services in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Room 260.
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We will keep you informed if the situation on campus changes.
Senior Vice President, Provost and Chief Operating Officer
The University of Akron