April 29, 2009

TO: CSU Employees, Students, Parents, and the CSU Community

FROM: CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed

Subject: Influenza/Swine Flu Update

We are continuing to monitor the swine flu situation on all of our campuses as we work to protect the health and safety of our students and our employees. This situation is cause for concern, but not alarm. Here is the latest information we have:

  • A CSU Long Beach student has received a “probable positive” test result for swine flu. Final determination of the test results will not be available for another two days. The student is currently isolated while recuperating from an apparently mild case of this disease. The campus immediately made precautionary arrangements for the student’s roommate to stay elsewhere. In addition, the campus has notified the student’s classmates and faculty. The campus is working with the Long Beach Health Department.
  • A San Diego State University student was treated on April 28 by Student Health Services for flu-like symptoms. The student is considered to have a “suspected” case of swine flu and is currently receiving treatment. The condition is not considered life threatening. San Diego State is working with the San Diego County Health Department to further investigate if the student has swine flu.

The CSU’s 23 campuses and the Chancellor’s Office have emergency operations plans including preparing for and responding to pandemic influenza situations. These plans are being reviewed daily and will be activated as necessary. In addition, the CSU’s campuses and Chancellor’s Office are sending updated information to all students and employees on the current situation, including ways to avoid transmission of the flu and advice from public health officials.

It is important to remember that there are actions everyone can take to avoid the flu:

  • 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 as it spreads germs.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

I encourage you to check this web page for updates as well as our Risk Management and the Centers for Disease Control website.

last updated September 25, 2012