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University Message on Swine Flu

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April 27, 2009
Dear Members of the Northwestern University Community:

The federal government on April 26, 2009 declared a public health emergency after several cases of swine flu were confirmed in the United States. It is expected that more cases will be confirmed in the coming days.

Northwestern University, along with public agencies across the country, has been preparing for the potential of a pandemic for a number of years. Although the swine flu has not been declared a pandemic, there are plans and procedures in place to ensure an effective response.

No cases of swine flu have been reported at Northwestern. No changes to University operations or activities are currently planned as a result of swine flu. University leaders, health services and emergency management personnel met today to plan the University's response now and in the future if circumstances change. Northwestern will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other appropriate agencies in the University's response to this issue. The University will continue to monitor the situation and will keep the Northwestern community informed. Any Northwestern students, faculty or staff who are planning foreign travel in the near future are advised to consult the International SOS web page on the issue.

For additional information, here are several links:
US Center for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

International SOS
http://urgent.internationalsos.com/default.aspx

Northwestern University Health Services
http://www.nuhs.northwestern.edu/evanston/default.aspx
http://www-chicago.nuhs.northwestern.edu/
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