Swine Flu Update Monday April 27 8:00 PM
April 27, 2009
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The staff of IUPUI and Indiana University Bloomington are monitoring the swine flu situation and making preparations in case this strain turns into a pandemic. This strain of H1N1 virus is novel and contains two genes that have never been seen in swine flu viruses in North America. In the U.S., all of the cases have not involved contact with pigs; they have all been human-to-human transmission. Some of the U.S. cases involved recent travel to Mexico.
There are no confirmed cases in Indiana. Although there are many reported/suspected cases worldwide, Mexico has 26 confirmed cases with the same virus (seven deaths); Canada has six confirmed cases (no deaths); and Spain has one confirmed case (no deaths). Late this afternoon, the World Health Organization raised the global pandemic alert level from phase 3 to phase 4 (which means that there is verified human-to-human transmission of an influenza virus that is able to cause "community-level outbreaks").
Remember to wash your hands often and take other general precautions to avoid the flu. If you experience flu-like symptoms, visit Health Services or your family physician, and stay home from work and school. Help keep IUPUI healthy!