Kennesaw State University statement pertaining to the swine flu outbreak

Kennesaw State University is working closely with state and county public health officials to…

Georgia (Apr 30, 2009) — Kennesaw State University statement pertaining to the swine flu outbreak

Aixa Pascual

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Kennesaw‚ Ga. (April 29‚ 2009) –– Kennesaw State University is working closely with state and county public health officials to monitor and prepare for any potential cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) reported in our area. Although a few dozen human cases of the swine flu infection have been reported in the U.S.‚ there are currently no reported cases of swine flu in Georgia.

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the U.S. and internationally‚ according to the Centers for Disease Control. In response to the intensifying outbreak‚ the World Health Organization has raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5‚ indicating that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased.

On Monday‚ the CDC issued a travel warning recommending that people avoid non−essential travel to Mexico‚ where fatal cases of human swine flu have been reported. As a result‚ Kennesaw State has cancelled its May program for nursing students in Oaxaca‚ Mexico. University officials are currently considering whether two other May and summer programs in Mexico will take place and are developing contingency plans to offer these programs at different locations or at a later time.

The swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreak in swine‚ according to the CDC. At this point‚ the virus is contagious and spreading from person−to−person‚ although it is not clear how easily the virus is transmitted among humans. The swine flu is believed to spread the same way seasonal flu spreads.

The CDC recommends people take the following actions to stay healthy:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water‚ especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol−based hand cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes‚ nose or mouth to keep germs from spreading.

For more information on the swine flu‚ please visit the CDC Web site at
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

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Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education‚ business and nursing. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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