Information about swine flu for the Bryn Mawr community

Posted April 30th, 2009 at 3:00 am.

To the Bryn Mawr Community:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state public- and animal-health authorities are currently investigating cases of swine flu in humans in several U.S. states. Some of the U.S. cases have been linked to travel to Mexico.

There have been no reported cases at Bryn Mawr College. The College is closely monitoring this situation and will update the campus community whenever warranted.

We encourage all community members to stay up to date with travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control as the summer break approaches. At present the CDC recommends that no one travel to Mexico except for absolutely essential reason until further notice.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:

  • Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache and body aches
  • Fatigue

Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

Students experiencing flu-like symptoms should go to the Health Center. Staff and faculty experiencing these symptoms should stay home and contact their health-care providers. The recommended treatment for swine flu is antiviral prescription medication such as Tamiflu.The Health Center maintains a supply of this medication, which is available to students with confirmed cases of flu.

To prevent the spread of swine flu:

  • Avoid contact with ill persons.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do not have a tissue). Throw used tissues in a trash can.
  • Wash your hands often and especially after you cough or sneeze. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Don’t share drinks, food, toothbrushes or eating utensils
  • If you think you are ill with flu, avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Do not go to class or other crowded places. Let your dean and instructors know if you are missing class due to illness.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human infections with swine flu do occur. Public-health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus spreads from human to human and can cause illness.

See the below CDC links for more information:
FAQ: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm
Key Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm
Travel to Mexico: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluMexico.aspx

Any questions or concerns can be sent to healthinquiries@brynmawr.edu.

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