Swine Flu Precautions

Richard W. Lariviere, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 8:21 AM
KU Lawrence Staff, Faculty and Affiliates

On Sunday, the U.S. Government declared a public health emergency due to a swine flu outbreak in Mexico. Among the cases reported in the U.S., two were in Kansas: a married couple in Dickinson County, which is about 115 miles west of Lawrence. There is no evidence that swine flu has affected anyone else in Kansas or on campus. Should the situation warrant it, the university has a flu response plan in place. For information, visit http://www.pandemic.ku.edu/ . Any updates will be posted at http://www.alert.ku.edu/.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza. Swine flu does not normally infect humans. However, human infections do occur, usually after exposure to pigs. Symptoms resemble those of the regular flu, including sore throat, coughing and fever. More information about swine flu is available at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu

At this time, students and staff are advised to take normal precautions to avoid spreading disease.

To avoid the flu,

  • Wash hands frequently, be cautious about close contact with others who are not well, cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing (use a tissue or sleeve).
  • If you are feeling ill, stay home and rest. Students experiencing flu-like conditions are advised to call the Student Health Service’s Nurse Line at (785) 864-9583 for advice or to determine if a clinic visit is necessary.

If you went to Mexico on Spring Break more than a month ago,

  • Relax. The incubation period for the swine flu is seven days.

If you are scheduled to visit Mexico,

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has not issued a travel warning about the current swine influenza outbreak.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not recommended that people avoid travel to Mexico at this time. If planning travel to Mexico, CDC has recommendations to reduce the risk of infection and to stay healthy. The CDC travel health precaution can be found at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluMexico.aspx

Study Abroad in Mexico

  • The KU Office of Study Abroad will continue to monitor developments related to the swine flu outbreak. No KU students are currently studying in Mexico through the Office of Study Abroad. Students who are scheduled to participate in summer study in Mexico have been contacted with current information regarding the outbreak and will be updated regularly.

Richard W. Lariviere
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

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