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Updated Swine Flu Message

April 30, 2009
Dear Members of the Northwestern community:

Northwestern University leaders met again today to continue to plan the University's response to the swine flu public health emergency that has been declared by the federal government. As you may know, one case of swine flu was confirmed in Indiana and others are suspected in Illinois, as well as nationally and internationally. Officials from the University health services, emergency management and other departments are monitoring the situation and planning accordingly.

No case of swine flu has been reported at Northwestern. The University continues to operate normally.

Nevertheless, the University strongly advises that all students, faculty and staff follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including:
• Cover your nose and mouth with 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 hand cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

The CDC has also advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. 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.

Northwestern will continue to monitor the situation and will keep the University community informed.

For additional information on swine flu and tips on how to avoid getting sick, here are several links:

US Center for Disease Control

Northwestern University Health Services

International SOS
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