April 27, 2009

The following statement was issued today by Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As you have likely heard by now, swine influenza has affected a large number of people in Mexico and appears to be spreading to other countries, including the United States. As of Monday afternoon, 40 cases of swine flu had been confirmed in five states, not including Pennsylvania. All of the U.S. cases have been mild, and no deaths have been reported in this country.

As a precaution, Bucknell is working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other agencies to monitor the situation and provide updated information as necessary. To date, there are no cases of swine flu at Bucknell.

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, tiredness, body aches and coughing. Other symptoms may include runny nose, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. You are encouraged to visit Student Health Services or your physician if you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms.

Dr. Don Stechschulte, director of Student Health Services, recommends the following guidelines to help prevent spreading flu viruses:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not share utensils, drinks or personal care items, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Students, faculty and staff who are traveling abroad should take reasonable precautions and follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel.

Additional information about swine flu is available at www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm.

Again, Bucknell is taking extra precaution because of the possible seriousness of an outbreak.  We have no indication of swine flu in the area but will continue to monitor the situation and share more information if necessary.

Sincerely,

Brian C. Mitchell

President

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