April 30, 2009
Swine Flu update
According to the Northwest Wellness Center, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level from level 4 to level 5 on Wednesday.
Level 5 is defined as "widespread human to human infection into at least two countries." The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there have been 109 confirmed cases of Swine Flu in the United States.
On Wednesday night, the Missouri Department of Health and the Platte County Health Department reported a probable case (awaiting confirmation from CDC lab) in that county. Missouri public health officials continue to provide surveillance of the case. Northwest University Director of Wellness Services and Emergency Coordinator, Dr. Jerry Wilmes, continues to meet with local and state public health officials daily. CDC is still recommending that "U.S. travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico." Updates on travel advisories can be found at www.cdc.gov/travel.
Wilmes recommends the following global and federal recommendations:
- Wash hands frequently
- Stay home if ill
- Contact a health care professional if registering a temperature of over 101 degrees with accompanying symptoms such as sore throat or aching muscles
- Coughing and Sneeze etiquette
Students should call the Wellness Center at 562.1348; 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.
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