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HEADLINE NEWS:2009年

Preventing Further Outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) after the First Confirmed Case of Infection in Japan

Ritsumeikan University
Posted on May 18th, 2009

To all students:

Recent news reports have indicated that the first case of infection within Japan of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus was confirmed in the city of Kobe on May 16th, 2009. Additionally, multiple suspected cases of infection are also appearing in the Kinki region. With the recent report of an outbreak in Japan, the situation has increased in severity, as cases of infection had previously occurred only overseas. Therefore all possible measures must be taken to prevent further outbreak of the influenza virus. In response to this new situation, Ritsumeikan University is taking the steps outlined in the next section. All students are asked to stay informed of the latest reports, and pay particular attention to their own health in order to prevent further transmission of the influenza virus. Cooperation is requested of all students on the following points:

1. Class Attendance

There are currently no measures being taken to cancel classes or school days. However, new measures may be implemented depending on how the situation of the outbreak evolves. When any changes to the situation are made, they will be conveyed to students through reports on the university homepage or through email. Therefore we ask that students check these resources for the latest information.

2. Prevention of Influenza

While H1N1 influenza has shown signs of weakening it has also proved to be more highly contagious than seasonal flu virus. In the unlikely case that one is infected by the virus, the effects are not severe for healthy individuals if prompt treatment is sought. However, there is a risk of severe symptoms for pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions such as heart/blood conditions, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses. In addition, because there is often a high rate of viral infection among youth, particularly those between the ages of 10 - 20, please stay alert at all times and make an effort to prevent infection.

1) Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, gargle, wash your hands frequently, and make efforts towards maintaining your health.

2) Avoid crowded areas and any unnecessary travel overseas.

3) Wear a mask in crowded areas.

3. Detection of Flu-like Symptoms

If you experience any flu-like symptoms (body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celcius, sore throat, coughing/sneezing, diarrhea, etc.) please consult with a medical institution and avoid going to school until the cause of your symptoms has been determined in order to prevent any possible further infection.

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