Cal State Long Beach sends 'Urgent Health Warning' on swine flu

Most college campuses have e-mail and text message alert systems. KPCC’s Nick Roman says the one at Cal State Long Beach today fired off an “Urgent Health Warning” on swine flu.

Most college campuses have e-mail and text message alert systems. KPCC’s Nick Roman says the one at Cal State Long Beach today fired off an “Urgent Health Warning” on swine flu.

Nick Roman: The e-mail warning came from campus President F. King Alexander. It says a student in a Cal State Long Beach dorm got a “probable positive” for swine flu. The Long Beach Health Department needs two days to confirm the result. The message says the case is mild – the student has been isolated – and the roommate has moved out.

Infectious diseases can sweep quickly through a campus. That’s one reason local colleges posted swine flu info pages on their Web sites. Most are like the ones put up by USC, UC Irvine, and Occidental.

They reassure students, faculty, and staff that the campus has a pandemic plan in place. They advise anyone who’s sick to stay home. And they offer the usual tips on how to avoid the flu. UCLA even has a video from the director of the student health center with everything you need to know about swine flu.

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