Universities mobilize against pandemic threat


Using the current swine-flu scare as proof, President Obama declared on April 27 that “science is more essential … than ever before” for the nation’s security, health, and economy–and he pledged to increase funding for scientific research to a level last seen during the space race to the moon, amounting to 3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

In interviews with eCampus News, public health officials and university experts said campuses provide a good example to governments for how to stop the spread of influenza and other communicable viruses. Campus health workers often isolate students who exhibit signs of the virus, as seen in late February at Sydney Sussex College in England. About 80 students were told to remain in their dorm rooms after being diagnosed with an illness that caused severe stomach cramping and vomiting. The students were in isolation for two days, according to media reports.

Keeping sick students away from their healthy peers, Suyama said, doesn’t mean academic schedules must be entirely interrupted.

“They can still do school work, and they won’t be at risk,” he said.

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CDC Twitter page

Benedictine University

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

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