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Swine Flu Update

26 June 2009

The University can confirm a case of Swine Flu at Canterbury Christ Church University's Broadstairs Campus.

A part-time mature female student who studies at the Broadstairs Campus has tested positive for H1N1 Swine Flu. The student, who does not live in University accommodation, is being treated for her symptoms.

The University is working with the Health Protection Agency to provide advice for staff and students who may have been in contact with the student.

To date, the vast majority of cases of Swine Flu in the UK are relatively mild and those involved make a full recovery.

Like many other organisations across the UK, the University will be monitoring the situation closely and has not determined a need for action to be taken at this time. The University recommends staff and students to follow the general advice being circulated by national health agencies.

This advice is as follows:

If you believe you have flu-like symptoms, and particularly if you have recently returned from a country where there has been an outbreak of Swine Flu:

• Stay at home and avoid contact with others.
• Call your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pandemic-flu/Pages/QA.aspx for advice.
• Do not attend a GP surgery as if you are infected it may cause the spread of the disease.
• Take normal hygiene precautions such as: covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; using a tissue when possible and disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully; washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people.

Staff and students who are thinking of travelling abroad should consult the www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/swine-flu for the latest advice.  The FCO is currently advising against travel to Mexico.

For further information and about the advice the University has previously given to students about Swine Flu, including the Government leaflet and TV campaign, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/support/student-support-services/students/index.asp.

For media enquiries:

David Cutts
01227 782391