To: All Yale Faculty, Students & Staff
From: Linda Koch Lorimer
Summary: Update on Flu Situation
General Yale Developments
1. No cases of swine flu (H1N1 Influenza A) have been confirmed at Yale. However, the Yale University Health Services (YUHS) is treating four patients for Influenza A and has sent samples to the Connecticut Department of Public Health to determine whether these are cases of swine flu. These patients all live off campus, and they are only mildly ill and receiving treatment at home. As a precautionary measure, these patients are receiving anti-viral medications. If it turns out that any members of the Yale community have confirmed cases of swine flu, we will let you know right away.
2. The CDC has advised that non-essential travel to Mexico be suspended. Accordingly, the University is not sponsoring or paying for any travel there right now. We also think it is advisable for you to defer any visits by those from Mexico to campus in the next few weeks until the overall situation there is clearer.
3. I know there are summer activities and program currently scheduled that involve travel in Mexico and other countries. Over the next two weeks, as we know more, we will be deciding whether changes to those programs will be required.
4. In the state of Connecticut, there are a number of unconfirmed cases, and some schools have closed in order to do thorough cleanings. More information about what is happening in the state is available from:
5. We have created a dedicated email address for any questions concerning the flu: firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will be checked daily and we will do our best to respond quickly and accurately.
Dr. Michael Rigsby, YUHS Director of Medicine and an infectious disease specialist, has general medical updates below that are important to all of us:
What should you be doing now?
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Ask others to do the same.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.