The University of Texas-Pan American
 
Environmental Health and Safety
August 23, 2014

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SWINE FLU UPDATE

The University of Texas–Pan American administration continues to monitor developments of the current Swine Flu Influenza outbreak, and are coordinating our efforts with the State of Texas, and the Hidalgo Health Department.

UTPA STATUS 

All UTPA campuses  remain open - classes, exams and events will continue as usual. 

TRAVEL

MEXICO TRAVEL In accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisories, all non-essential business travel to Mexico is suspended. All divisions should evaluate proposed Mexico travel, and if deemed essential, adhere to the CDC guidelines for travel to an area that has a reported case of swine flu . This information is referenced on the following website http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/content/travel-health-warning/novel-h1n1-flu-mexico.aspx

All persons traveling to Mexico should notify the DEHS (3690) to ensure compliance with these guidelines.

 
PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

It’s extremely important that the UTPA community be diligent in our efforts to ensure that we take the appropriate measures to protect both the UTPA and the Rio Grande Valley community from any unnecessary exposures.

Any student or employee that is experiencing any of the flu like symptoms should STAY AT HOME, get medical attention immediately, and do not return to school or work
for a minum 7 days , or until they recieve written approval from their doctor. 

 Please comply with the HOP polices regarding the notification of your supervisor or professor in the event that you do become ill. All students that feel ill should visit the Student Health Services located just south of the Wellness Recreation Sports Complex at 613 North Sugar Road, 381-2511.

All supervisors who have an employee that has become ill , shall notify the DEHS (3690) , to ensure appropriate surveillance for those that have come in contact with the individual

MEXICO COMMUTERS

Mexico commuters, because of the nature of the travel origin, should be extremely diligent in adhering to the recommendation regarding staying at home if they are exhibiting flu like symptoms.

INFORMATION Information regarding the Swine Flu Virus can be obtained by accessing the following websites.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (PDF)
PandemicFlu.gov
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Ready or Not

Information can also be obtained by calling the following numbers:

Texas DSHS Call Center 1-888-777-5320
Hidalgo County Health Department Call Center (956) 383-6221

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS The CDC recommends the following actions for people to take in order to stay healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
     

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infection.

 



 
For further information and updates, contact UTPA’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 381-3690 or log onto www.utpa.edu/ehs.

 

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