The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over Tuesday, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down hot lines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.
--Fox News.com, Aug. 10 2010
Flu Prevention Reminder
Anoka-Ramsey will follow our Pandemic Plan and directives from the State of Minnesota, Department of Health, MnSCU and local health authorities.
WHAT TO DO
To prepare for and mitigate fear/confusion regarding cases of H1N1 flu, please contact the Director of Public Safety, Orrin Nyhus (x1346) once you become aware of a confirmed H1N1 case at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. We have a process in place to assist you with this matter.
Several precautionary measures have been implemented at our campuses, such as elevating awareness, performing additional cleaning of restrooms, water fountains and eating areas, more frequent cleaning of computer keyboards with alcohol preps in labs and providing hand sanitizers.
Practicing good hygiene and following the common sense practices used to avoid the seasonal flu. Wash your hands thoroughly (sing Happy Birthday twice while washing your hands!), cough into your arm, stay home if sick, stay away from contained spaces, eat properly and get sufficient rest. If you suspect that you may be suffering from the flu, please seek advice. Any person with a confirmed case is expected to remain home for seven days after the onset of the illness.
For more information, visit these Web sites:
Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 (also H3N2) is a subtype of viruses that cause influenza (flu). H3N2 Viruses can infect birds and mammals. In birds, humans, and pigs, the virus has mutated into many strains. H3N2 is increasingly abundant in seasonal influenza, which kills an estimated 36,000 people in the United States each year.
- H5N1: A variant of avian influenza, which is a type of influenza virulent in birds. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide.
- HPAI: A highly pathogenic form of avian influenza. Avian flu viruses are classified based upon the severity of the illness and HPAI is extremely infectious among humans. The rapid spread of HPAI, with outbreaks occurring at the same time, is of growing concern for human health as well as for animal health.
- LPAI: A low pathogenic form of avian influenza. Most avian flu strains are classified as LPAI and typically cause little or no clinical signs in infected birds. However, some LPAI virus strains are capable of mutating under field conditions into HPAI viruses.
pandemic: The worldwide outbreak of a disease in numbers clearly in excess of normal.
pandemic flu: A virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person. Currently, there is no pandemic flu.
seasonal (or common) flu : A respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available.
zoo noses: Diseases that are transferable from animals to humans.
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General and regionally specific pandemic flu information.
Center for Disease Control
Pandemic flu outbreak notification information.
Access to all avian and pandemic flu information developed and released by the U.S. Government. (Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.)
Public Health http://www.co.isanti.mn.us/isanti/departments/public-health/community-services
Emergency Management http://www.co.isanti.mn.us/isanti/departments/emergency-management
Minnesota Department of Health
Information about pandemic flu to assist planning.
Information about four simple ways to help prevent the flu.
Minnesota State Universities and Colleges (Mn SCU)
Information about avian flu pandemic planning, including links to planning documents and resources.
State of Minnesota Department of Employee Relations (DOER) www.hsem.state.mn.us/readyminnesota/New_Ready_Web/flu1.html
DOER planning guide used by State of Minnesota agencies to ensure continuity of critical services during a pandemic.
United States Department of Health and Human Services
www.hsem.state.mn.us/ready minnesota/New _Ready_Web/indivfam.pdf
A guide entitled, “Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families.”
World Health Organization (WHO)
Latest avian influenza information.
WHO FAQ about swine flu.
WHO guide entitled: “10 things you need to know about pandemic influenza.”
WHO guide for individuals and families.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
View commonly asked questions with answers.