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Pandemic Preparedness

Update to the Queen’s Community re H1N1 Flu – May 22, 2009

The University continues to closely monitor the H1N1 flu outbreak and consult regularly with local health authorities and experts.

The virus continues to spread in many countries (including Canada); the good news is that nearly all of the cases reported are mild. To date, no H1N1 cases have been reported in the Kingston area; however, because the virus is still spreading, this situation could change. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to classify this as a Phase 5 outbreak; however, the continuing spread of the virus may lead the WHO to raise its classification to Phase 6. At this point, a WHO reclassification as a Phase 6 outbreak would not change the University’s response.

Campus events and activities should proceed as usual - local health authorities have not advised the University to recommend postponing or altering anything planned on campus. Guidance for event planners is available on this webpage.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs has lifted its travel warning for Mexico. Therefore, travel to this country can be planned; trips must be arranged in accordance with the University’s Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy. Consult the policy for more details.

As with any infectious disease, proper personal hygiene remains the best preventative measure. Therefore, please continue to:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.  
  • Properly wash your hands as frequently as possible, for at least 20-seconds.

It’s still important to self-monitor for H1N1 symptoms:   

  • acute onset of fever,
  • new or worsening cough,
  • new or worsening shortness of breath.

Additional symptoms may include: 

  • sore throat,
  • joint pain,
  • muscle pain,
  • headache,
  • exhaustion, weakness, or fatigue, or
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting or diarrhea) in children under 5.

Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should contact TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 before contacting their healthcare provider. 

I encourage you to continue to check www.queensu.ca/pandemic regularly for up-to-date information.

Regards,

Dan Langham
Director
Environmental Health & Safety

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000