This message is a supplement to Swine Flu Update #1 posted April 27, 2009.
The swine flu situation continues to evolve rapidly. We are closely monitoring the situation and are participating in state and local health department daily briefings. President Roth and his cabinet are fully aware of the situation. As of the most recent report there are 91 confirmed cases in the United States. Fortunately, most remain mild. There has been one death of a toddler in Texas. The more recent illnesses and the reported death suggest that a pattern of more severe illness associated with this virus may be emerging in the U.S.
For the most up to date and authoritative treatment of this issue, see: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health website is: http://www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch/cwp/view.asp?a=2533&q=439092
Two probable swine flu cases have been reported in Connecticut. Results of confirmatory testing are due in 1-2 days.
Current Case Definition
Fever >100°F (37.8°C) plus cough or sore throat AND a history of travel in the 7 days prior to symptom onset to areas with confirmed cases of swine flu.
If you are a Wesleyan University student and think you meet these criteria, please call the Davison Health Center (DHC) at 860.685.2470 to discuss your symptoms with a health care provider. It is preferable that you call rather than walk in so as not to risk exposing others in the waiting room.
Faculty and staff should contact their primary care providers.
What can I do to prevent getting Swine flu?
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you get sick, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. 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 hands cleaners are also effective.
Are there any travel recommendations?
CDC is advising against non-essential travel to Mexico at this time. No other travel restrictions have been promulgated. However, because of the travel component of the case definition, it may be advisable not to travel off campus, especially not to known areas of activity, until more is known about the outbreak.
Respiratory precautions at DHC
In keeping with our established protocols and consistent with interim guidelines from the Middletown Department of Health, Wesleyan’s Davison Health Center has activated our Respiratory Hygiene Plan.
Any student entering the health center will stop at a station with hand sanitizer and tissues. Students with cough are asked to take a supply of tissues and cough into tissues and dispose of them. Clinical care providers will wear masks when evaluating students with cough.
What if I have questions?
Questions may be directed to Davis Smith, Medical Director of Wesleyan University’s Davison Health Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will respond as quickly as circumstances allow.