May 1, 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 and at the Chancellor’s Office as we work to protect the health and safety of our students and our employees. We have not had any more confirmed cases of swine flu reported to date other than one CSU Long Beach student who received a “probable positive” test result for swine flu earlier this week and a San Diego State student who was treated by Student Health Services April 28 for a “suspected” case of swine flu. Both students have been isolated and are recuperating.

I have asked each campus and the Chancellor’s Office to thoroughly review their emergency operations plans including preparing for and responding to pandemic influenza situations.These plans are being reviewed daily and will be activated as necessary. Each campus is also working in coordination with their local health agencies to report any suspected cases of swine flu.

It is important to focus on ways to avoid transmission of the flu and the advice from public health officials as follows:

  • 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 our Risk Management web page and and this web page for updates as well as the website for the Centers for Disease Control website.

last updated September 25, 2012