UAB Swine Flu Update and Recommendations
This post is a direct copy and paste from an email sent out by UAB to, I am assuming, all UAB students and faculty. The Swine Flu is becoming a bigger deal than I had imagined. Anyways, here is it:
UAB’s Emergency Management Team continues to closely monitor developments in the international outbreak of swine influenza. On April 29, the World Health Organization raised its alert to its second-highest level, Phase 5: http://www.who.int/en/.
Out of an abundance of caution, UAB is closing its Child Care Center tomorrow because a child there was tested positive for flu today; the strain will not be known until tomorrow or Friday. The center will remain closed until this information is confirmed.
Also this evening, two probable cases of swine flu in Madison, Ala., were reported by State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson, who encouraged citizens to remain aware and alert, but not to overreact.
The UAB Emergency Management Team is staying in close communication with the Jefferson County Department of Health and federal health officials as the situation develops, and makes the following recommendations:
- Faculty, staff and students with flu-like symptoms should contact their physician, stay home from work and/or school and limit contact with others. Current students enrolled in the Student Health Plan have access to the UAB Student Health Service, 934-3580, 930 20th St. South, Suite 221.
- Flu-like symptoms are defined as a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater with cough and/or sore throat in the absence of a known cause other than influenza.
- No faculty, staff or students have reported symptoms of concern at this time, but as a precautionary measure, avoid travel to Mexico.
- Take preventive measures, such as those outlined on UAB’s Occupational Health & Safety Web site at http://www.healthsafe.uab.edu: Wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and stay home when you are sick. The site links to current information from the CDC and WHO regarding swine flu, including key facts: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm.
- UAB will continue to update the university community as needed via The eReporter, GreenMail, and at www.uab.edu/emergency.
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