-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Swine Flu Bulletin Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 09:01:05 -0600 From: Sheridan, Thomas <Thomas.Sheridan@xxxxxxxxxxxx> Reply-To: Sheridan, Thomas <Thomas.Sheridan@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To: student-activities-downtown@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx *Health Center at Auraria* *Swine Flu Bulletin* *April 27, 2009*In a media conference held 1:00 p.m. ET, April 27^th . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported there are 40 confirmed human cases of swine Influenza A (swH1N1) within the U.S. borders. Those states with confirmed cases include: California, Texas, Kansas, New York and Ohio. Outside the U. S. borders there are confirmed cases in Canada, Mexico and Europe.
In an effort to release federal funds for containment measures of the virus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a nationwide public health emergency yesterday. This action will allow states to secure items such as antiviral medication, testing and masks for use in mitigating viral outbreaks.
A respiratory disease of pigs, swine flu can be passed to humans and spread from person to person by respiratory droplet very easily. The 2008/2009 flu shot does not protect individuals against the swine flu. Swine flu is confirmed by a specialized laboratory test available at the State Health Department laboratory. As of this morning, the State Health Department has requested that we only send specimens for testing on patients who have an illness of such severity that we are planning to hospitalize them.
Based on CDC recommendations (http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/mitigation.htm), medical providers at the Health Center at Auraria strongly_ encourage persons who develop influenza-like-illness (ILI) (fever with either cough or sore throat) to self-isolate in their home for 7 days after the onset of illness or at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer_. Persons who experience ILI and wish to seek medical care should contact their primary care physician to report illness (by telephone or other remote means) before seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. Persons who have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or are believed to be severely ill should seek immediate medical attention.
If ill persons *must* go into the community (e.g., to seek medical care) they should wear a face mask to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in the community when they cough, sneeze, talk or breathe. If a face mask is unavailable, ill persons needing to go into the community should use a handkerchief or tissues to cover any coughing.
Persons in home isolation and their household members should be given infection control instructions: including frequent hand washing with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand gels (containing at least 60%alcohol) when soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty. When the ill person is within 6 feet of others at home, the ill person should wear a face mask if one is available and the ill person is able to tolerate wearing it.
Health Center officials are monitoring the campus community closely and working with the Colorado Department of Public Health to provide information on this situation as it becomes available. To learn more about the swine flu or CDC updates go to http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
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