The Pandemic Response Team, part of the Campus Emergency Management Team , has been working to develop the appropriate measures to be taken during a potential influenza outbreak.
The Pandemic Response Team will provide regular updates regarding pandemic response planning activities to the St. Scholastica community through this Web site.
Flu season in the United States usually ranges from November through March, and health officials are concerned because of the threat of a worldwide influenza pandemic possibly developing from the H5N1 strain of bird (avian) flu circulating around the world. Since 2003, the strain has infected 272 people in 11 nations, killing 166, according to the World Health Organization.
Humans have little pre-existing natural immunity to H5N1 infection. Therefore, if these H5N1 viruses gain the ability for efficient and sustained transmission among humans, an influenza pandemic could result, with potentially high rates of illness and death.
Take the following actions to help prevent a pandemic and Avian flu infection locally.
• Maintain practice of personal and environmental hygiene, such as frequent hand washing.
• Consult you doctor if you feel ill, especially when you run a fever.
• Maintain general awareness of a pandemic and Avian Flu outbreaks.
• Keep track of the development of a pandemic and Avian Flu infection world wide by going to the following regional, national and international Websites.