April 27, 2009
University of Iowa sends campus message on swine flu
This afternoon (Monday, April 27, 2009) University of Iowa Health Care epidemiologist Loreen Herwaldt, M.D., sent the following message to faculty, staff and students about the swine flu:
Members of the University of Iowa community:
As many of you know, world health officials are keeping a watchful eye on the spread of the H1N1 virus, a contagious strain of swine flu that can affect the respiratory system of humans. Despite media reports about the number of confirmed cases worldwide, there are no confirmed cases in Iowa. The University of Iowa remains open and is operating normally.
State and University health officials, including the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, are monitoring the situation closely and will keep the campus apprised as any new information becomes available. Should officials determine that H1N1 poses a greater threat than now believed, The University has systems in place to manage a health crisis and to help ensure and protect the safety of the campus community. For details about the University’s Pandemic Influenza Response Plan see http://provost.uiowa.edu/docs/reports/PanFluResponsePlanOct08.pdf
In the meantime, faculty, staff and students can take a few simple steps to reduce their risk of exposure to this and more common viruses:
* Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or 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 hands cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
* If you are sick, stay home. Avoid traveling.
Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. For more information about the swine flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ or the Iowa Department of Public Health at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/
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