University Health Services Continue to Monitor Flu Development
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 4, 2009) – University of Central Missouri officials continue to monitor the current spread of the H1N1 virus, formerly referred to as swine flu. Along with Johnson County, MO and state health officials, the university is keeping a close eye on the status of national and global developments. As of today, Missouri has one reported case of confirmed H1N1.
Members of the university and the local community should remember to take basic precautions to protect their health and prevent the spread of illness. The Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm) recommends taking the following steps to help protect yourself from getting sick:
- 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 hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further
The symptoms of the H1N1 virus are similar to the seasonal flu, and may include fever, body aches, cough, sore throat and headache. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting. Therefore, anyone experiencing symptoms should STAY HOME and avoid unnecessary contact with others. Treatment is the same as with any flu-like illness: keep the fever down and stay well hydrated.
The latest developments concerning H1N1 will be posted at the UCM home page. Students, faculty, staff and parents can check back for updates. As of May 4, there have been 226 confirmed cases in the United States.