To Bowdoin Employees:
I am writing to provide information about College contingency plans for dealing with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as “swine flu,” and what you can do to prevent the spread of this illness.
To date, the illness hasn’t been any more severe than the seasonal flu, but it does seem to be transmitted easily and move through residential communities such as ours quite rapidly. While we expect an outbreak of the flu, as happens every year, our goal is to minimize the number of students and employees who become ill.
Bowdoin's Campus Emergency Management Team (CEMT) maintains plans to deal with a variety of emergency situations, including health emergencies. A plan dealing with influenza has been modified specifically to address the H1N1 flu. This plan, which would be enacted if confirmed cases appear on campus, was developed in consultation with healthcare, emergency management, public safety and government officials, and includes infection control measures and protocols for the care of affected individuals on campus.
What this means for Bowdoin employees:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes H1N1 flu symptoms:
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
The CDC's recommendations to reduce your risk of becoming infected:
More information can be found on the following Web sites:
Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/swine-flu-2009.shtml
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
The College has created an H1N1 Web site that will be updated as events warrant to direct members of the Bowdoin community to the latest information about H1N1, and to provide information about ongoing preparedness efforts at the College:
Thank you for your attention to these important details and for helping to maintain a healthy and safe workplace at Bowdoin.
Director, Human Resources
3500 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011