[Blueboard] ADVISORY on Influenza A (H1N1)

tltesta at ateneo.edu tltesta at ateneo.edu
Wed May 27 15:43:46 PHT 2009

Members of the Ateneo Community who are returning from trips outside  
the country

As of 25 May 2009, the World Health Organization has reported that 41  
countries have confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) cases.  Alert Level 5  
remains hoisted, which means that outbreaks of the disease continue to  
happen in communities all over the world.  The Philippines has two  
confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) so far.  Both cases involved  
persons who recently returned from travel in the USA and Canada.

In light of this, members of the Ateneo de Manila community who are  
returning to the country from places where there are confirmed  
Influenza A (H1N1) cases are enjoined to follow the guidelines below:

1. Adhere to the screening measures that our public health officials  
have in place at our airports.

2. If you have been cleared at our ports and have been allowed entry,  
please continue to monitor yourself for possible signs and symptoms of  
the disease for the next 10 days.

3. You may report for work but are requested to adhere to the  
following self quarantine measures for 10 days from date of arrival in  
the Philippines:

   a. Stay away from school assemblies and enclosed public places;
   b. Practice non-contact greetings.  Refrain from shaking hands and  
any physical contact;
   c. Avoid spread of droplet infections by wearing a mask when in the  
office or with others;
   d. Cover your mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing and wash  
hands  frequently with soap and water;
   e. Those who have teaching loads in any unit of the University are  
not allowed to hold classes;
   f. Those who are enrolled in any unit of the Ateneo are not allowed  
to attend classes.

4. If you get sick within 10 days  following your arrival (symptoms  
include fever with a temperature greater than 37.8C/100F, beginning  
sore throat or cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body ache,  
fatigue, diarrhea and/or vomiting), the World Health Organization  
recommends the following:

   a. Stay at home or inside your room and keep away from work, school  
or crowds;
   b. Rest and take plenty of fluids;
   c. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and, if  
using tissues, make sure you dispose of them carefully.  Clean your  
hands immediately after with soap and water or cleanse them with an
alcohol-based hand rub;
   d. If you do not have a tissue close by when you cough or sneeze,  
cover your mouth as much as possible with the crook of your elbow;
   e. Use a mask to help you contain the spread of droplets when you  
are around others;
   f. Inform family and friends about your illness and minimize  
contact with other people;
   g. If possible, contact a health professional before traveling to a  
health facility to discuss whether a medical examination is necessary.

The Department of Health recommends that persons who get sick within  
the next 10 days following their arrival in the country seek medical  
consultation early for prompt testing for Influenza A (H1N1).  The  
designated referral center closest to the Ateneo is the Lung Center of  
the Philippines at Quezon Avenue (Tel No 924-6101 & 924-0707).  The  
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (Tel No 809-7599) and the San  
Lazaro Hospital (Tel No 732-3776 to 78) are also referral centers.

If you get sick within ten (10) days of arrival, please do not visit  
our school clinics because of the risk of spreading the disease to the  
Ateneo community.  You can, however, get in touch with our health  
professionals by phone so they can assist you with the appropriate  
public health steps that you should be taking.

5. Quarantine for those who get sick will help keep the virus, whether  
the Influenza A (H1N1) or other forms of virus, from infecting others.  
  This means that you should not come to Ateneo for seven days after  
the onset of symptoms or 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared  
whichever is longer.

6. The Philippine Department of Health has also issued a public health  
advisory on how we can keep ourselves from getting the Influenza A  
(H1N1) virus.  This has been posted in our website.

Countries with confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1):

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China,  
Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland,  
France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan,  
Korea, Republic of Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,  
Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,  
Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United States of America.

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