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Chancellor’s Coombe’s letter to the DU community

Dear Campus Community,

As of April 27, the number of swine flu cases worldwide continues to grow even though the vast majority has occurred in Mexico. In the United States, cases have been reported in New York, California, Ohio, Kansas and Texas.

The University of Denver has a plan for dealing with a flu pandemic, and officials are closely monitoring the current situation locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Sam Alexander, executive director of DU’s Health and Counseling Center, is leading the University’s response. A team comprised of representatives from across the campus is in regular contact to handle issues that arise for students, faculty and staff.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms is advised to avoid contact with others. Swine flu symptoms are the same as other types of flu and include: fever greater than 100 degrees, headache, body ache, chills and fatigue. Symptoms should be treated with rest, ibuprofen or Tylenol, fluids and over-the-counter cough remedies. Some doctors also may prescribe Tamiflu.

Regarding treatment, students are advised to call the Health and Counseling Center when flu symptoms are first noticed. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician. Students also should contact faculty prior to missing class to discuss expectations and assignments.

University health officials strongly encourage everyone to be vigilant regarding hand washing using soap and water.

Additional information regarding the swine flu outbreak will be issued by the University as needed. The following Web sites contain updated information from the State of Colorado and federal government.

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