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Wake Forest monitoring swine flu outbreak


April 29, 2009

Wake Forest University is closely monitoring developments regarding the spread of the swine influenza (H1N1) virus.

The Student Health Service and University Police are regularly gathering information from local, state and federal sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Forsyth County Department of Public Health and infectious disease experts at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  They are sharing that information with university administrators.

Wake Forest has a plan in place for addressing a potential influenza pandemic.  The plan was developed in 2006 amid international concerns about a possible avian flu outbreak.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes an influenza pandemic as an “extreme infectious disease outbreak.”

University staff met this week to discuss the swine flu situation and will meet again as conditions warrant.  Updates will be provided to the university community as needed.

At this point, there are no changes to any campus activities.

Links to resources with the latest information are posted on the university’s Campus Safety Web site at http://www.wfu.edu/emergency/.

Wake Forest is nearing completion of the academic year.  Exams end May 8 and commencement exercises will be held May 18.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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