As you may be aware, cases of Swine Flu have recently been reported in Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The Niagara Regional Public Health has characterized Swine Flu as a respiratory illness with symptoms that are similar to the regular flu. It is spread by coughing, sneezing and contact with germs. In terms of taking proactive prevention measures, the Niagara Regional Public Health recommends regular hand washing, covering your mouth with a tissue or your arm when coughing, and staying home if you become ill. If you have recently travelled to the affected areas or areas of cluster of illness (Mexico, U.S., and Canada) and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is recommended that you contact your doctor.
Although no cases have been reported in the Niagara Region as of April 28, the College has taken precautions, including the extra cleaning/sanitizing of doorknobs and handrails. Staff and students are also reminded that hand-sanitizer dispensers are installed at various locations at all Niagara College Campuses. College personnel will continue to liaise with the Niagara Regional Public Health Unit to monitor the situation and provide updates to the College community as required.
For further information, visit the Regional Niagara Public Health at www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/pandemic-planning/Swine-Flu.aspx