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NU on alert for swine flu

Northwestern University officials say the school is taking steps to plan for the possible spread of swine flu.


Northwestern University officials say the school is taking steps to plan for the possible spread of swine flu.

The federal government Sunday declared a public health emergency after several cases of swine flu were confirmed in the United States. It is expected that more cases will be confirmed in the coming days.

NU spokesman Chuck Loebbaka says the school, along with public agencies across the country, has been preparing for the potential of a flu pandemic for a number of years.

Although the swine flu has not been declared a pandemic, there are plans and procedures in place to ensure an effective response.

No cases of swine flu have been reported at Northwestern, Loebbaka says, and no changes to University operations or activities are currently planned as a result of swine flu.

University leaders, health services and emergency management personnel met today to plan the university’s response now and in the future if circumstances change.

Loebbaka says Northwestern will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other appropriate agencies in the school’s response to the issue.

He says Northwestern students, faculty or staff who are planning foreign travel in the near future should consult the International SOS web page on the issue.

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