Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico Cancels MSU Study Abroad

MSU has canceled its current study abroad programs in Mexico because of the swine flu scare.

A university spokesman said today the decision affects four students.

One is already in Texas and the university is working on arrangements to get the other three students back to their homes in the United States. The classes already had been suspended in Mexico by local officials.

No decision has been made on the status of Michigan State’s summer study abroad programs in Mexico.

Swine flu is a type of virus. It's named for a virus that pigs can get.

People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human. 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.

There are antiviral medicines you can take to prevent or treat swine flu. There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. You can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Trying to avoid close contact with sick people. Staying home from work or school if you are sick.

A second probable case of swine flu in Michigan has been reported out of Ottawa County.
The state health lab confirmed a 34-year-old woman who was in a Kent County hospital has possible swine flu. The tests will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first case involves a woman in Livingston County, whose test results were sent to CDC Monday for confirmation.
Both women are recovering at home.



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