Stay Informed About Swine Flu; Promote Everyday Health
Jun 01, 2009
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has declared an outbreak of disease in people caused by an influenza virus of swine origin; the CDC states that confirmed cases continue to grow in the United States and internationally.
Delaware Valley College advises students, faculty, staff, administration and visitors to the college to remain aware of this influenza as time progresses.
Please note: all animals at Delaware Valley College remain unaffected by the disease.
Animal Science professor Crystal Groesbeck says, "All of our pigs on campus remain healthy; we utilize very strict health protocols."
The CDC recommends the following everyday actions people can take to stay healthy:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
In addition to the above tips, the CDC advises citizens to avoid unnecessary contact with sick people:
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, the CDC recommends you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Source: Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu)
Groesbeck said, "It’s important that people remain calm, but also remain informed about the situation and about prevention."
Individuals that may be experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to visit their family physician.
Please read here for important information for students: "Swine Flu: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself" (the previous link requires Adobe Reader. To download Adobe Reader free-of-charge, please visit Adobe’s website).