Swine flu update
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Updated 4:35 p.m. CDT
St. Cloud State students who have flu symptoms and believe they may have been exposed to the swine flu virus (H1N1 novel influenza) should telephone their physician or telephone campus Health Services at 320-308-3193.
Students should not go to Health Services, said Dr. Brent Nielsen, director of medical services.
Health Services staff members will do an over-the-phone evaluation and tell the caller how and where to be examined, Nielsen said.
One person has been infected in Stearns County and nine probable cases are under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, according to Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials.
To limit the spread of the virus, health officials are isolating infected persons.
There are no cases at St. Cloud State. As a safety measure, university officials have canceled a May 10 study-abroad trip to Mexico.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Human-to-human infections of swine flu, such as this, are rare, according to a federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release.
Visit St. Cloud State's Pandemic Planning Web site.
Minnesota Department of Health officials remind the public to observe routine public health recommendations for preventing the spread of flu: