Bulletin : Influenza A H1N1 Virus

DATE : 29 June 2009
TO : The Academic Community

FROM : Br. Armin Luistro FSC, President and Chancellor

RE : Lasallian Community Responsibility
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The Department of Health, in its announcement of Interim Guidelines Number 18, Revised Response Level Guide for Schools released through its Department Memorandum Number 2009-0171 dated June 24, 2009, states that under Response Level 3, where there is a confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) case in a school, the school head suspends classes and lifts suspension after ten (10) days. This, as you know, is what De La Salle University did when it suspended all classes and work from June 4 to June 14 and resumed regular operations on June 15, 2009.

The DOH guidelines also states that "there is no value in suspending classes for the same group of students or school staff, in case another confirmed case is detected in the group. The likelihood that transmission has occurred prior to the occurrence of symptoms and laboratory testing is high.

Thus the emphasis of infection management should be shifted to individual patient care. As such, only confirmed cases [of Influenza A (H1N1)] or students, faculty members or non-teaching staff manifesting influenza-like illness shall be sent for home quarantine or referred to a health facility."

The University reiterates its compliance with the guidelines of the DOH and will thus not suspend classes should there be any new confirmed case of Influenza A (H1N1) on campus, as stated in its Frequently-Asked Questions announcement dated June 14, 2009, released through its website and My.LaSalle email accounts. Neither will the University suspend classes in block sections if ever there will be more confirmed cases on campus, following the guidelines mentioned.

As the Influenza A (H1N1) virus continues to spread to various areas in the country and around the world, more and more people are susceptible to acquire the virus from almost anywhere. As such, let each one of us be responsible for our own health and for the health of those around us.

Persons with cough, cold, and/or fever, as well as other symptoms of influenza-like illness, are required to seek medical attention and stay home for seven (7) days after the onset of illness, or at least twenty-four (24) hours after symptoms have resolved. At the end of the prescribed period, they should go to the Clinic to seek clearance before going to their classes and/or office.

The University continues to exercise understanding and consideration for those whose health have been affected during these extraordinary times. In turn, I ask every Lasallian student, faculty member, and non-academic personnel to continue to be vigilant and to exercise their civic duty to protect not only themselves but others as well.

Thank you.

 

 

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