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University Health Services Issues Swine Flu Information
Health professionals are closely monitoring an outbreak of swine flu in the United States and other countries. Swine flu is a respiratory disease that exists in pigs but may affect humans.
There are no known cases in Massachusetts at this time. However, the Centers for Disease Control has declared a public health emergency, triggering heightened surveillance across the nation. University officials are offering the following advice to members of the campus community regarding steps to help prevent getting or spreading any type of flu:
Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow instead of your hands.
If you are sick, stay home from school or work, and limit contact with others.
Symptoms of swine flu can include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people also have reported a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Anyone having these symptoms is advised to call his/her primary care doctor. Students also may call University Health Services at 978-934-4991. Health professionals emphasize that, to help prevent the spread of the disease, people with these symptoms should NOT appear at medical facilities in person before contacting them by telephone.
Further information about this situation is available through the following links:
University Health Services (to be updated this afternoon):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Swine flu: www.cdc.gov/swineflu
Swine flu key facts: www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm
World Health Organization:
Mass. Dept. of Public Health: www.mass.gov...
Travel Advisory: cdc.gov...
Now everyone's in a panic in the dorms and all they've really told us is....please stay tuned for more information. I don't know, I'm not gonna start worrying until people start dying in the US. Anyways just figured I'd let everyone kno.
Originally posted by fenix840
I'm not in the dorms this year but my buddy is who i spoke with earlier...he said everyone's in the halls talking.....yea im not worried yet...prolly be skipping class a bit more than usual for the next few days to see if it spreads......oh yea and i will post the email...im high and lazy so ill just copy paste it.
Date: Tue 28 Apr 21:24:34 EDT 2009
From: UD Alert Add To Address Book | This is Spam
Subject: UD Health Alert
Four University of Delaware students have been identified with mild cases of influenza that meet probable definitions for swine flu. UD students who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are advised to go to the Student Health Center. For updates and more information, visit the University's home page (www.udel.edu).
The sender provided the following contact information.
Sender's Name: UD Alert
Sender's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sender's Contact Phone: 3028314111
blacked out my name for security reasons
we also all recieved similar text messages and automated phone call alerts.
Originally posted by fenix 840
I don't know, I'm not gonna start worrying until people start dying in the US. Anyways just figured I'd let everyone kno.
Originally posted by andy1033
Is the american news reporting every case of flu now in america?
Originally posted by Faiol
man, this flu doesnt seem to be strong ... I really dont know