April 27, 2009

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

FROM: CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed

Subject: Influenza/Swine Flu

With the situation developing rapidly, I want to update you on how the swine flu is impacting the CSU, how we are responding, and precautionary measures that can be taken to avoid the flu.

We are monitoring this situation very closely with state and federal health officials and emergency preparedness offices. While there is cause for concern, I do not want people to be alarmed. Our primary concern is to protect our students and our employees. Here is the latest information:

  • No CSU students or employees have reported having the swine flu or having symptoms to date.
  • 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 and will be activated if necessary.
  • The CSU's campuses and Chancellor's Office are sending updated information to all students and employees on the situation including ways to avoid transmission of the flu and advice from public health officials.
  • The CSU has 22 students studying abroad in Queretaro, Mexico. The university, as well as many other public places in Queretaro have been closed as a precaution. The students are all safe. There are currently no reported cases of swine flu in Queretaro.

Here is a list of 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 the Centers for Disease Control website.

last updated September 25, 2012