30.04.09 Update - Swine Flu: Information for staff & students

A research student from the University is being tested for possible Swine Flu.

This is an unconfirmed case. The Health Protection Agency was immediately informed and tests are now underway.

The student, from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, recently returned to Bath from Mexico.

The student returned to the University to do some work in a research laboratory in the department yesterday morning (Wednesday) but was sent home (off campus) as a precaution after complaining of feeling unwell.

The student is now receiving anti-viral treatment.

The University has followed all guidance given to us by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

In addition to this guidance and as an additional precaution, the University has asked ten members of the department who came into contact with this person to stay at home until the test results are known.

The area in which the individual worked has also been thoroughly cleaned.

The University, including the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, remains open and functioning as normal. This includes planning for next month’s examinations.

The University has a pandemic flu plan and, like all universities, its Emergency Management Team will be monitoring the situation closely over the coming days.

We will continue to provide appropriate advice in consultation with the relevant health authorities.

Precautions against Swine Flu

Staff and students are reminded to follow NHS hygiene precautions:

  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
  • 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.
  • Cleaning hard surfaces, such as door handles, frequently using a normal cleaning product

Further information and advice about Swine Flu can be obtained from the Health Protection Agency website.

The advice from the Department of Health for those who have flu like symptoms is to:

  • Stay at home and avoid contact with others.
  • Phone your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit NHS website for advice.
  • Do not attend a GP surgery as, if you are infected, it may cause the spread of the disease.

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