- Is this going to be something that dies out, like SARS?
- Are people making too big a deal out of this or will this pandemic be a serious global problem resulting in the death of thousands (or more)?
- Are you, personally, taking any precautions or letting this affect your life? ie: travel plans, not going to certain public places...
This is an e-mail from the UMass Chancellor. Apparently the swine flu has made its way to Amherst
To: The Campus Community
Today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) identified two probable cases of H1N1 (swine) flu at Amherst College. While the cases have not yet been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the students involved are receiving appropriate treatment, doing well and expected to recover fully.
Because of the probability that the illness is present on the Amherst College campus, that school is taking precautions, including asking anyone with symptoms to seek medical evaluation, recommending pre-emptive care for individuals with compromised immune systems and cancelling a number of social gatherings.
Ongoing surveillance has not identified any cases of H1N1 at UMass Amherst and, based on guidance from the MDPH and the CDC, all activities on our campus are continuing as scheduled. Assessment of the situation is ongoing; if the advice of public health experts changes or circumstances warrant, the decision will be revisited.
Simple prevention measures remain important for all members of the community:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow instead of into your hands. Throw used tissues into the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, to reduce the spread of germs.
- If you’re sick, stay home from school or work, and limit contact with others.
Symptoms of swine flu in people can include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
If you become ill, call your healthcare provider. The UHS Triage Advice Nurse can be reached at 577-5229, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; after hours, call the UHS main number, 577-5000.
This remains a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to update you as new information becomes available. For federal, state and campus-specific information, visit the University Health Services website, www.umass.edu.
Chancellor Robert C. Holub