Aug 19, 2013
To: NYU students in Shanghai
From: Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Executive Director of the NYU Student Health Center
The NYU Student Health Center continues to closely monitor the outbreak of Influenza A (H7N9) virus. While there are reports of episodic human cases of influenza A (H7N9), it is important to note that no sustained person-to-person transmission has yet been established and that no members of the NYU community have been affected. The number of cases of H7N9 detected after April has fallen abruptly.
NYU will follow the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other appropriate agencies in responding to such public health issues.
As always, everyone is encouraged to follow the recommendations to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene:
- Cover your nose/mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Dispose of tissues in appropriate waste receptacles
- Wash your hands before and after eating, using the restroom and after coughing or sneezing
- Stay home when sick and stay away from others who are coughing and sneezing
We recommend that members of the NYU Shanghai community avoid contact with live or uncooked birds.
For more information on this new flu strain visit the WHO website.
NYU’s Student Health Center will continue to follow this closely and provide updates to our students and colleagues in Shanghai and throughout the GNU. If you find yourself experiencing flu-like symptoms – fever, cough, body ache, or shortness of breath – please contact the Student Life Team in Shanghai: David Pe, email@example.com 18602161480, the Professional Staff on Duty 18217149047, or Shanghai United Hospital Emergency Room 2216-3999 in Shanghai.
And if you have any concerns, please remember that the NYU Wellness Exchange (firstname.lastname@example.org; 212.443.9999) is available to you on a 24/7 basis.