H1N1 Flu Virus Update

June 12, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

The World Health Organization has issued a Phase 6 alert in response to the H1N1 flu virus. Phase 6 is the WHO's highest alert level and indicates an influenza pandemic is under way.

The status change is a reflection of the fact that the disease is spreading geographically, according to WHO officials. The virus has been reported in 74 countries. At this stage, WHO is calling the pandemic “moderate” in severity. According to a statement released Thursday by Margaret Chan, WHO's director-general, "the overwhelming majority of patients experience mild symptoms and make a rapid and full recovery, often in the absence of any form of medical treatment."

As per the University's Pandemic Plan and as part of a co-ordinated regional response, U of G is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to monitor the situation and will take measures as advised by the public health unit.

The University of Guelph encourages all staff, faculty and students to educate themselves on this issue. As always, Public Health is reminding people of taking appropriate precautions, including staying home if you are unwell, ensuring vaccinations are up to date, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and practicing proper hand-washing.

Information is available on the following websites (updates usually posted in the afternoon):
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Public Health Agency of Canada

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care has set up a public inquiry line at 1-800-476-9708, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (7 days/week). The public can also call Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293, Ext. 4752, to talk to a public health nurse.

Members of the University community can also contact either Student Health Services at Ext. 54333 or, in the case of faculty and staff, Occupational Health Services at Ext. 52133.

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