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H1N1 Virus Update for May 7

Campuswide Announcement About Swine Influenza

Posted 05.07.09 by MICA Media Relations

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There have been four confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in Maryland. The Maryland schools closed earlier this week have reopened, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined, according to the Baltimore Sun, that "the severity of the swine flu outbreak did not warrant keeping students at home."

The CDC is now reporting 403 confirmed human infections with novel H1N1 flu in 38 states, and additional cases are expected. MICA has taken steps to prepare for the possibility of cases on our campus, with an immediate focus on educating members of our community on everyday precautions we can all take to prevent the contracting the flu (see the checklist below).

We will post any updates to www.mica.edu (information about MICA's preparedness will be posted to MyMICA pages for Students, Faculty, and Staff, and to the Campus Safety homepage).

Other resources are available at:

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Web site

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site

Pandemicflu.gov

Emergency Alert Network Web site

To avoid possible infection, all students, staff, and faculty should refrain from going to or through the College health center (Mount Royal Medical Associates) unless they are ill and need care. All students, staff, and faculty also are asked to:

  1. Actively monitor their own health and the health of their friends and family.
  2. Report any flulike symptoms including: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. Students should immediately report any symptoms to Campus Safety, Resident Advisors or desk assistants, and faculty or staff members should report any symptoms to their supervisor.
  3. Call their health care provider if, and as soon as, flulike symptoms appear and do not come in to work or class.
  4. Consider avoiding travel to states and places abroad that are reporting cases of swine flu.
  5. Although the CDC has not yet restricted travel, anyone returning from a so-called hot spot (currently this refers to Mexico, which has reported the most cases and the only deaths) will be required to report to Mt. Royal Medical Associates for symptom screening before returning to school or work. Those with flulike symptoms will not be allowed to return to school or work for seven days.

As members of the MICA community, employees, students, and faculty members should take these actions to stay healthy:

1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

3. To help prevent spreading germs, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

4. Report any new respiratory illness consistent with influenza (fever, chills, cough, sore throat) if you have traveled to states bordering Mexico or have had contact with a known swine flu case.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.