May 1, 2009
H1N1 Flu Update
According to the World Health Organization and CDC officials, the pandemic alert level continues to stay at level 5.
Level 5 is defined as "widespread human to human infection into at least two countries." The CDC reports that there have been 141 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in the United States. Missouri Department of Health and Platte County health officials are still awaiting confirmation on the probable case in Platte County Missouri.
Northwest Missouri State University Director of Wellness Services and Emergency Coordinator, Dr. Jerry Wilmes, continues to meet with local and state public health officials daily. The Center for Disease Control (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. Wilmes also states that this is a good time for individuals and families to review personal preparedness plans by gathering supplies (food, water and household necessities) and making a plan should they have to stay at home for long periods of time. For more information please visit http://www.dhss.mo.gov/Ready_in_3/ .
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 http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm .
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