|Swine Flu Information
||[Apr. 28th, 2009|10:19 am]
The following is an email sent out to the UMD community by Vice President Linda Clement - email@example.com - which I am reposting for those of us who never read those UMD mass mails. I do so under no authority but my own.|
To the University of Maryland Community:
As many of you are now hearing, a strain of the swine influenza type A
(H1N1) has been identified in the United States. The virus, known
informally as the "swine flu," has been diagnosed in a few human cases
reported in Kansas, California, Texas, New York and Ohio. There are no
reported cases yet in the state of Maryland. We have been monitoring the
situation very carefully to determine if further steps should be taken,
and we will continue to do so for the next few days.
Over the past three years, the University of Maryland has developed a
well-conceived response and action plan in the case of a flu pandemic.
That plan has been reviewed by a number of international health
authorities and has been vetted by our University's senior leadership.
For details about the plan, visit:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the
symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever,
lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu
also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
In the meantime, the University of Maryland Health Center urges you to
take some simple preventive steps that will decrease the possibility of
contracting the virus, including:
-WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY;
-Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and throw the
tissue in the trash after you use it;
-Call your doctor if you have respiratory symptoms and you have reason
to believe you have been exposed to a case of the swine flu;
-Have your personal/family preparedness plan in place and ready to activate;
-Follow the news and stay aware of new swine flu developments.
For more details from our University Health Center, visit:
You may also contact the University Health Center at 301.314.8180.
You may also go the website of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention for more detailed information about the swine flu:
Linda M. Clement
Vice President for Student Affairs
This note was authorized for distribution to
University of Maryland Community by:
Vice President Linda Clement