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TO: Campus Community

FR: John Mickler, Director
Safety & Security

RE: SAFETY ALERT BULLETIN (09 SA 07)
INFLUENZA A H1N1


The first laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) have been reported in Decatur/Macon County. According to the Macon County Health Department, two individuals are being treated by local health care providers. These cases are unrelated. Precautions are being taken to prevent further spread through isolation measures. Information is also being gathered as to how the individuals contracted the illness, and with what populations these individuals have come into contact.

Influenza A (H1N1) is a respiratory illness caused by the Influenza A

Virus and is transmitted person to person. Influenza A (H1N1), formerly known as swine flu, is not transmitted by eating pork or pork products. Symptoms are similar to seasonal flu and include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur

    Like seasonal flu, H1N1 flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions. If you experience some of these symptoms, call your primary health care provider. If you get sick, you should stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to prevent spread of infection. If you experience a fever, you should stay home for 24 hours after the fever has gone (without the need of fever reducing medications).

    Members of the campus community are STRONGLY encouraged to be mindful of the symptoms of H1N1 and are advised to practice good health habits to prevent spread of the disease. The campus community is also encouraged take precautions in the event that they or someone close to them contracts the flu.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control there are several things you can do to stay healthy, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth and nose. If a tissue is used throw it in the trash after you use it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers* can be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

    If you have any questions, contact Health Services at 217.424.6360. For additional information on the H1N1 flu, click on the following link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1/ or from the Illinois Department of Public Health at www.idph.state.il.us/flu/h1n1_flu/index.htm.

    Millikin University is committed to ensuring the safety and security of the entire campus community. For more information, please visit www.millikin.edu/security or contact Safety and Security at 217.464.8888
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