SWINE FLU (H1N1 VIRUS) ADVISORY (updated May 28, 2009)

Swine Flu Update (H1N1 Virus) – May 28, 2009

Earlier today, the Star News reported that there are four confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) in New Hanover County. CFCC officials are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update students and employees as needed. No cases have been reported at Cape Fear Community College. However, CFCC employees and students are asked to vigilantly observe preventive measures to reduce the risk of becoming infected with the H1N1 virus, such as:

  • Staying home if you are sick and seek medical attention – Students and employees who experience flu-like symptoms MUST GO HOME immediately and are strongly encouraged to see a doctor as soon as possible. Students and employees should stay home until the symptoms go away.
  • 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. Germs spread that way.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms
  • Avoid travel to areas where the H1N1 virus (swine flu) has been reported.
  • For a healthy immune system eat healthy foods, get adequate rest and exercise

If you or someone you know has been experiencing flu-like symptoms or was diagnosed with H1N1, please notify a faculty or staff member.

What are the symptoms of H1N1 virus (Swine flu):

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms are very similar to the “regular” flu.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Body Aches
  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms (cough, sore throat, rhinorrhea)
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC reports that illnesses among persons infected with H1N1 flu virus have mostly been treated at home, but some cases have been hospitalized and deaths have been reported. Like the seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions. It is anticipated that many more cases, including cases that require hospitalizations and some that result in death, will occur. Most people will not have immunity to this new virus and, as it continues to spread, more cases are expected in the coming days and weeks.

For the latest information about the Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus), visit the following sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Hanover County Health Department

 

In case of a severe outbreak in our area, the CFCC emergency information line (877) 799-2322 will be updated.

 

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 

 

Stay healthy!