BRONX, N.Y.—MAY 1, 2009: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has alerted Fordham to a public health emergency regarding H1N1 (“swine flu”) infections in the United States. New York City has at least 49 confirmed cases; as of today, there have been no reported cases among members of the Fordham community.
The Fordham emergency management team met on April 27 to review the University’s response plan. The emergency management team has outlined some steps to avoid infection, and for those who may become ill. Though the likelihood is still small that any members of the Fordham Community will contract H1N1, the team offers the following advice:
• If you experience flu symptoms, please stay home from school or work for at least seven days. Resident students should contact the University Health Center immediately. Student Affairs resident directors and resident assistants are available if needed.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for 15 to 20 seconds or use alcohol-based cleaners.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Antiviral medications work best taken within two days of symptoms.
• Viruses can live on desks, doorknobs and cafeteria tables for at least two hours.
• People sick with the flu are contagious for seven days after onset.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact Security immediately or seek emergency medical care:
• Difficulty Breathing
• Shortness of Breath
• Pain or Pressure in the Chest or Abdomen
• Sudden Dizziness
• Severe or Persistent Vomiting
For further information on prevention, symptoms and treatment, go to the CDC’s fact page:www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm