WMU implementing pandemic preparedness plan
April 30, 2009
KALAMAZOO--The World Health Organization has raised the pandemic alert level to 5--the second-highest level in its warning system--and is urging nations to implement pandemic preparedness plans to combat the 2009 H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.
Western Michigan University has been developing a pandemic preparedness plan for nearly three years and is implementing basic parts of the plan.
WMU is between sessions this week. Its first summer session begins Monday, May 4.
WMU students return from Mexico
All but one of the 18 WMU students in the study abroad program at the University of Queretaro in Mexico have returned to the United States, with the largest group of 15 arriving in Kalamazoo April 29. The remaining student is expected to return tomorrow, May 1.
While none of the returning students exhibit any flu symptoms, all have been asked to remain at home for one week, until the flu incubation period has passed. This precaution exceeds the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for travelers returning from Mexico.
Latest recommendations available online
Dr. Lisa Marshall, medical director at Sindecuse Health Center, urges members of the University community to stay informed about the outbreaks, symptoms and basic daily precautions everyone should take to avoid any strain of flu.
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