May 5, 2009

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

FROM: CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed

Subject: Influenza/H1N1 Swine Flu Update

CSU’s campuses and the Chancellor’s Office are continuing to monitor the H1N1 swine flu situation. Our primary focus is to protect the health and safety of our students and our employees. To date, we have two confirmed cases of the H1N1 swine flu: one student at CSU Long Beach and one student at San Diego State. Both students have been isolated and are recovering. The San Diego State Children’s Center has also been closed until May 18 based on reports of several children and staff experiencing flu-like symptoms and under the advisement of the San Diego County Department of Health. The county tested two children and one staff member of the Children’s Center, but they do not have the H1N1 flu. The results of a third child’s test are expected soon.

All campuses and the Chancellor’s Office have reviewed their emergency operations plans including preparing for and responding to pandemic influenza situations. These plans 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.

While the number of cases may subside, the virus can return, especially during flu season. To help avoid a significant outbreak, 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.

last updated September 25, 2012