On April 28, 2009, Laurier activated its Pandemic Influenza Response Plan. This was in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) elevating its H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) alert to level four (of six). Laurierís plan is part of a coordinated provincial and regional response and is triggered as soon as WHO declares alert level four.
The WHO changed the pandemic alert level from phase 4 to phase 5 on April 29, 2009. The WHO level is a function of the international impact, and phase 5 indicates significant human-to-human transmission. To date, most cases of swine flu outside of Mexico, including those in Canada, have been mild and most have recovered or are currently recovering.
Laurierís Health Services department is receiving regular updates from Public Health authorities and these updates will guide university activities. To help keep the university community informed, Laurier will provide up-to-date information on the situation via emails and the universityís influenza pandemic website at www.wlu.ca/pandemic.
For more info on swine flu, contact the federal governmentís hotline at 1-800-454-8302 or Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-883-2289.
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