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April 28, 2009
Late yesterday afternoon, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level from 3 to a level 4.
Level 4 is defined as "sustained human-to-human transmission". The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is also recommending that "U.S. travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico." Updates on travel advisories can be found at www.cdc.gov/travel.
Northwest Missouri State University Director of Wellness Services and Emergency Coordinator, Dr. Jerry Wilmes, met yesterday with local and state public health officials. There have been no reported cases in Missouri and public health officials continue to provide surveillance.
Wilmes recommends the following global and federal recommendations: wash hands frequently, stay home if ill and contact a health care professional if registering a temperature of over 101 degrees with accompanying symptoms such as sore throat or aching muscles. Students should contact the Wellness Center in such cases; campus employees should contact their physicians.
Additionally, Wilmes recommends that those who have traveled to or from Mexico within the past week -- or who plan to travel to and from Mexico in the next two to four weeks contact the Wellness Center at 660.562.1348.
For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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